Pregame notes: Gardenhire in favor of expanding replay ... within reason
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Count Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire among those in favor of expanding instant replay -- as long as it doesn't disturb the flow of the game.
"It can't be a guy running off the field, going, looking into a television," Gardenhire said before Wednesday night's game against Kansas City.
"That gets old in the NFL. It works -- they get it right, I think, not all the time, but whatever.
"As we say baseball -- there's no time limit on a game, but everybody complains about the time, and if you want to start running people up and looking at all the plays, you can do it all game, every game, every pitch, and they've just got to have to have a limit on where they want to go with something like that. It's not going to be done overnight."
Calls for expanding replay have intensified since last Wednesday, when a blown call by respected umpire Jim Joyce cost Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game on what would have been the final out.
"I don't like to see an umpire like Jim Joyce in a situation like that," Gardenhire said. "If it can be helped, help it. That's the only thing I know about. If you can help him out in that situation and there's a way to do it, we should make it (happen). I think everybody involved understands that. But if it can't be helped and it's going to stop the game of baseball from being played the way it already is, then I have no interest in it."
The same night as Joyce's gaffe, the Twins' game at Seattle ended with a blown call on a force play at second base that allowed the Mariners' winning run to cross the plate.
Gardenhire said replay rules pertaining to home-run calls have been effective -- "They meet, they run off the field, they come back and say yes or no, and you can't argue" -- but there is no consensus on how and to what extent replay should be expanded.
"Everybody has opinions on all this stuff," Gardenhire said. "But you know what? It doesn't matter about our opinions. It's going to get down to the union and major-league baseball getting together, and if that's the decision they want to make -- along with both unions, the umpires, the players and major-league baseball -- if they decide that's in the best interest of the game, they'll get it done."
The Twins used their full allotment of 50 picks before the first-year player draft ended on Wednesday, and vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff again said he anticipates signing more than the usual 21 to 24 because of slim rosters at the low levels.
"This is the backbone of the Twins organization," Radcliff said. "This is how we acquire talent. We put a lot of focus and resources into it, and our scouts live for this day. ... I feel like we accomplished a lot of our goals and look forward to getting maybe 30 of our guys out in our system."
As of late Wednesday afternoon, Radcliff said the team had yet to sign any of their draft picks but were "close on several."
University of Florida right-hander Tommy Toledo -- a third-round pick of San Diego in 2007 who didn't sign and ended up going to the Twins in the 32nd round on Wednesday -- will be one of several draft picks the team will follow in the Cape Cod summer league. They'll also follow several high school players through the summer.
"He's not going to sign for a small amount of money," Radcliff said of Toledo, who missed the 2009 season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder before returning this spring.
"We'll follow him, and he might be worth the money."
Among the Twins' selections on Tuesday was 22nd-round pick Dillon Moyer, a Florida prep shortstop and son of Philadelphia Phillies veteran left-hander Jamie Moyer.
Another second-day pick, 10th-rounder J.D. Williams, is the son of former big leaguer Reggie Williams.
Scouting director Deron Johnson acknowledged a player's background and makeup is "definitely an emphasis. We don't discount tools -- you have to be able to play the game and have tools to succeed at a high level. But yeah, makeup is a separator."
• SS J.J. Hardy (wrist) is set to test the effects of a cortisone shot on Thursday, but Gardenhire said that's not necessarily the cut-off for making a roster decision. "(Thursday)'s when they said we'll know if his hand feels better," Gardenhire said. "Now, I don't know what (that means) -- if he comes in and it hurts when he opens and closes his fist, I don't know if they're talking about grabbing a bat and swinging it. I'll find out from our doctors (Thursday) what (Thursday) means."
• The Twins remain hopeful 2B Orlando Hudson (wrist) will be ready to return when he's eligible to come off the DL on Monday. "That's what the doctors told us out there (in Arizona), the hand specialist that he saw," Gardenhire said. "Take another six days and he'll be fine, but that's -- I don't think anybody has an exact science on it. When we get there, we'll get there and see how he does on Sunday."
• Gardenhire didn't seem concerned about LHP Jose Mijares' ninth-inning struggles on Tuesday. "He got a little out of whack last night, but he's throwing the ball fantastic," Gardenhire said. "He overthrew last night, but everything's been very good with him."