March 29, 2007

Twins Notes: March 29th

The Twins don't play until later today, so here are some notes from the last couple of days that I've yet to mention. The list includes the Twins opening day plans, injury updates and more. I'll have more on the Garza situation hopefully later today. Also, make sure to check the previous posts section on the left-sidebar, because over the last few days I've had a quite a few posts and you may have missed them as the front page only has three posts.

On with the news...

As you know, Matt Garza was sent down to the minor leagues. Carlos Silva takes over the fifth starter role, and he will start tonight against the Reds.

Joe Mauer seems ready to go. Yesterday he went 2-3 with a double and a homerun in the minor league game. Nick Punto took some batting practice yesterday and will play in a minor league game on Friday.

The Twins have sold out Opening Day, and say that they wouldn't be surprised if they reach around 2.5 million in ticket sales. Make sure to check out the Opening Day plans.

Alejandro Machado is on the DL, and now that he has had surgery, he will be out up to six months. this could mean that he is out all season, and would then come back to the Twins next spring. Also, the Twins might move him to the 60-day DL to open a spot for someone else.

The Star Tribune reported that the Twins have been trying to trade J.D. Durbin. Don't be surprised if Chris Heintz makes the team instead of a pitcher.

Joe Nathan had another scoreless inning of baseball yesterday. He now has nine innings of scoreless baseball on the spring, and is scheduled to pitch again tonight to get back-to-back days of work in.

Hunter said that he wouldn't play another night game at Fort Myers. And according to the Star Tribune, he kept that promise, sitting out on Wednesday with a 24-hour knee injury.

La Velle has a post up right now where you can share you "Picks to Click" for this season. On Monday he'll tally the votes and post them. Make sure to head over there to give yours.

Finally, over at Joe's blog, he talks about the Rochester Red Wings. I'll have more on the Red Wings later. But for now, all I can say is watch out.

If you have any Twins notes of interest, share them in the comments below. As I mentioned above, I plan on having a post after the game tonight as well as one later today regarding the pitching situation.