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Updated: February 19th, 2014 3:11pm
Notebook: Willingham, Arcia here; updating Guerrier, Diamond, Florimon

Notebook: Willingham, Arcia here; updating Guerrier, Diamond, Florimon

by Derek Wetmore
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Josh Willingham and Oswaldo Arcia reported to spring training Wednesday and both were part of workouts, several days ahead of the required report date for positions players.

Those could be the Twins starting corner outfielders by the time camp is finished, but that's yet to be determined.

It is believed that 61 of the 64 players expected in camp have shown up. Full-squad workouts start Saturday, and so far only Jason Kubel, Danny Santana and Eduardo Escobar are not at spring training.

--Matt Guerrier did not throw a bullpen today, because he and the Twins planned to take two days between sessions. He threw a fastball-only bullpen Monday and threw from flat ground Tuesday. He's scheduled to pitch another bullpen Thursday.

--Scott Diamond reiterated that he'd prefer to be a starter, but would be willing to help the team as a lefthander out of the bullpen if it would help him make the club.

Diamond, Vance Worley and Samuel Deduno all are out of minor league options.  If any of them do not make the Major League roster out of spring training, the Twins risk losing him. The player would need to clear waivers to pitch for the Twins in the minor leagues.

For what it's worth, Diamond hasn't pitched out of the bullpen since his college days, he said.

He added that he doesn't feel more pressure this season, because he's always felt like he needed to earn his spot on a team. The only difference this year is that there's pressure on the organization to make a decision on his future.

--Pedro Florimon was not at practice Wednesday, but he's accounted for. He had his appendix removed Monday and was discharged from the hospital Tuesday, according to Twins Assistant General Manager Rob Antony. The Twins said they expect him to report in the next couple days.

He'll have roughly two weeks off from baseball activities at the beginning of camp, but manager Ron Gardenhire said he expects Florimon to be the opening day shortstop.

Gardenhire noted Tuesday that Florimon is great with the glove, but weak offensively. It's also worth noting that shortstops in general weren't great offensively in 2013.

Major League shortstops combined to hit .254/.308/.367, according to Fangraphs, while Florimon hit .221/.281/.330. Florimon is a really bad hitter, but his numbers look better when put into context of all shortstops, rather than comparing him to every hitter in the Majors.

--Joe Mauer recorded a commercial, expected to be for the Twins. A TV crew stationed around first base in Hammond Stadium for a couple hours after practice Wednesday.

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