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Updated: February 21st, 2014 12:36pm
Notebook: Pinto sits out with stiff back, Pelfrey OK after dizziness

Notebook: Pinto sits out with stiff back, Pelfrey OK after dizziness

by Derek Wetmore
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins catcher Josmil Pinto sat out of drills Friday with a stiff back, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

"We kept him out of drills. They did the blocking with the rubber balls and that was a little much," Gardenhire said. "It wore him out with rubber balls. The backbone of our team, Steinbach calls them. So he missed a day today and we'll see how he is tomorrow. He's just a little sore."

Dozier's back

Second baseman Brian Dozier has picked and chosen which drills he participates in this week, as he's dealing with a sore back, Gardenhire said. Position players' first workout is Saturday, so everything they've done to this point has been voluntary.

Dozier may not be a full participant once drills begin in earnest Saturday, depending on the health of his back.

"We'll see. We'll be guarded but he feels a lot better," Gardenhire said. "We don't want him to fall back into it. We'll have him take it nice and easy with all the drills."

Pelfrey OK

Mike Pelfrey had ear trouble that caused dizziness Thursday, Gardenhire said. Pelfrey was checked out and was back in the clubhouse Friday.

"Some kind of ear thing where he got it all taken care of and checked out yesterday," Gardenhire said. "He said he got dizzy and all those things. I told him I got dizzy watching you pitch last year so we're even."

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for His previous stops include and the Minnesota Daily.
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