Twins make changes to how injury information is relayed to the public
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With several internal parties not satisfied with how injury information was presented and communicated last season, the Minnesota Twins have decided to "streamline" the process in 2012, in the words of general manager Terry Ryan.
Rather than manager Ron Gardenhire providing daily injury updates to the media during spring training and the regular season, Ryan or assistant general manager Rob Antony will take over those duties from now on.
"It's not a muzzle," Ryan said. "It's just that we are going to streamline this thing. ...
"There are a few reasons, but number one, that's the way I've always done it. Two, I'd just as soon have Gardy manage the ball club and not worry about giving his medical every day. Three, Rob or I will be on almost every trip and certainly at home we'll do it. Four, I don't want any confusion in communication description."
There was a lot of frustration internally with how Joe Mauer's injury situation was handled last April, specifically the use of the term "bilateral leg weakness." Mauer bristled at the term, saying several times last summer he wasn't sure where or why it originated.
Other players were upset with Gardenhire at various times early in the season when he'd mistakenly provide an update that wasn't 100% accurate.
As more and more guys began to suffer injuries, Gardenhire gave way to head athletic trainer Rick McWane, who provided updates every day until the end of the season.
But even then, looking back in retrospect, Ryan felt the process needed to be narrowed even more.
"To tell you the truth, after what I had to do last year with injuries, I'm telling you, I'm wallowing in it right now," Gardenhire said. "I told Terry yesterday when he announced that, I wanted to give him a man hug. I'm happy. Yeah, that's the last thing I want to talk about is injuries.
"Terry's going to talk about (injuries) and that's good. We'll talk baseball."