03/07/07 9:05 PM ET
Notes: Durbin roughed up in debut
Right-hander trying to shake off injury, rust
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
It's the second Grapefruit League home run of Watkins' career and the first to come at Hammond Stadium. The raucous cheers certainly meant a lot for the man nicknamed "The Mayor of Ft. Myers," but he's hoping for more than just being a spring hero for the Twins. And considering the lack of depth that the Twins have in their middle infield right now, the utility man could be given a shot after playing some solid defense."He's getting plenty of opportunities to play around down here and shortstop will be his next," Gardenhire said. "You can throw his name in the mix ... He's definitely a guy that can help you one way or another, whether he starts the year with you or comes up sometime during the year. He's a guy that could maybe come up and help us out." The unshrinkable infirmary report: The Twins injury list continues to remain long, but there were a few changes to it Wednesday, including some additions. Right-hander Matt Garza's MRI on his neck came back clear. The plan now is for Garza to meet with a neurologist to try and determine the cause of his neck pain. If nothing can be found from that appointment, Gardenhire said the next step could be to have the right-handed pitcher see a chiropractor. Infielder Alejandro Machado (tight shoulder) has been cleared to do all of his work besides throwing. He has been able to swing and field ground balls but the team is still waiting a few days before they let him start throwing again. Infielder Jeff Cirillo (sore neck) remains day to day . Outfielder Lew Ford (slight meniscus tear in right knee) has been progressing with his rehabilitation program. DH Ken Harvey (pulled chest muscle) still has not been cleared to swing the bat. Left-hander Ricky Barrett felt a little bit of discomfort in his elbow while throwing in the ninth inning of Wednesday's game and will be checked out by a doctor. Right-hander Brad Voyles has been dealing with a sore elbow. After a few days of rest, Voyles has now started to play catch again. Twins tidbits: The Twins announced Wednesday that they surpassed the one million ticket milestone for the 2007 regular season. It's the earliest the team has reached the mark since 1993, and the third consecutive year that the Twins have exceeded one million tickets sold before the start of the regular season...Carlos Silva and Sidney Ponson are each scheduled to throw three innings in Friday's game at Vero Beach against the Dodgers. Up next: The Twins will split up their squad on Thursday, as one squad hosts the Red Sox at 12:05 p.m. CT, and the other heads across the state to Jupiter to face the Cardinals. Johan Santana will duel Red Sox right-hander Curt Schilling for the second time this season in the first contest while Scott Baker needs to rebound dramatically as he gets the start against St. Louis right-hander Kip Wells.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.