FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano made his first appearance at the club's Spring Training complex on Sunday, and said he's feeling healthy after pitching in the Dominican Winter League this offseason.
Liriano, who threw off the mound to catcher Rene Rivera, said his left shoulder isn't a concern like it was at this point last year.
"Nothing is bothering me right now," Liriano said. "Everything feels fine. So I feel a lot better than last year."
Liriano said he had a good experience pitching in the playoffs for Leones del Escogido, who ended up winning the title. He said he was happy to pitch in his native country again this offseason after not pitching there before last season."It's amazing pitching over there, and I'm feeling better," Liriano said. "It means a lot to me pitching over there. To go home and not pitch, it just doesn't feel the same as it does facing hitters."
Numbers necessitate more game action
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins held their first official workout of Spring Training on Sunday, as pitchers and catchers performed a variety of drills at the Lee County Sports Complex.
The day started with the eight catchers on the roster meeting with Twins manager Ron Gardenhire before the pitchers worked on fielding practice on two different fields. All of the 33 pitchers invited to camp also threw off the mound in the bullpen. And the catchers finished the day by taking batting practice.
"A lot of people, a lot of bodies, a lot of pitchers," Gardenhire said. "Good participation, everybody was running around. I didn't go down and see the position players down on the other fields, but they looked like they were doing their thing, and the pitchers were all into it, so it's just always nice to get back out on the baseball field."
The Twins added three extra days of practice this spring, as they have 13 days to prepare for the Grapefruit League opener against the Rays on March 3.
Gardenhire said the Twins are looking into playing either an intrasquad game or a "B" game with a neighboring club like the Red Sox before their first official Spring Training game.
"We've changed what we're going to do at the end the last three days before the games," Gardenhire said. "We're looking to schedule a 'B' game with the Sox or somebody like that and get some guys pitching, because we have so much pitching. So we're looking to add 'B' games and more games, because we need to see these guys."
Fresh start for Zumaya, Marquis
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With the first official workout of the year, the Twins got their initial look at the new pitchers signed by the club this offseason, including reliever Joel Zumaya and starter Jason Marquis.
Zumaya, who missed all of 2011 after undergoing elbow surgery, said he was excited to be back on the mound on Sunday.
"I didn't realize I was going to throw a bullpen today, especially at 40 pitches, too," Zumaya said. "That was exciting. I'm happy to be back in an organization and doing what I love. To be back on a mound again and doing what I do, it's just a whole other feeling."
Marquis, meanwhile, threw 48 pitches to catcher Joe Mauer in a bullpen session watched by pitching coach Rick Anderson.
Mauer said he liked what he saw from the 12-year veteran, who is pitching for his seventh team.
"He's a guy who knows his routine, a guy who has been around," Mauer said. "He'll figure it out. He's figured it out before. It's just good to talk with him after and seeing what he likes to do and know what he likes doing. I got the most out of that. It's good to see how his ball moves and how he likes to throw."
Injury reports to come from GM's office
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins announced a new policy this season, as all injury updates will come from general manager Terry Ryan or assistant general manager Rob Antony instead of manager Ron Gardenhire.
It's a change from last year, when head trainer Rick McWane gave daily injury updates before regular-season games.
"There are a few reasons [for the change] but No.1, that's the way I've always done it," Ryan said. "Two, I'd just as soon have Gardy manage the ballclub and not worry about giving his medical [report] 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 and that's the reasons."