02/18/11 5:20 PM EST
Twins will limit bullpen sessions for Mauer
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
Gardy has communication plan for Nishioka
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Sitting on manager Ron Gardenhire's desk Friday afternoon was a packet with various Japanese baseball terminology that the skipper recently printed off the internet.It's all part of Gardenhire's preparation for working with new Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka this spring. "I just want to make sure we cover our bases," Gardenhire said. "We've got the interpreter out there that's going to work out really good and help us out. I think it's going to be a lot of fun having a player from Japan. And the language barrier, it's what it is. It's the same thing with a lot of the young Latin players that come over here. There is a language barrier. "Nishi is going to pick up some English and I'm going to pick up some Japanese, and we're going to have some fun with it." Gardenhire said he spoke briefly with Nishioka in his office the other day when the infielder stopped by. He also met with Nishioka's interpreter Ryo Shinkawa after the workout on Friday to discuss how they much they will have Shinkawa involved in everything that takes place during camp. "Honestly, during Spring Training here, I want him around the infield during the drills," Gardenhire said. "I want him there so Nishi can understand everything we're saying and talking about. And I'll sit down with Nishi and go through it. I think it will work out just fine." Nishioka has been working on the back fields in recent days with his new teammates as they prep for Wednesday's first full squad workout.
Target Field to host Gophers' home games
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Target Field won't just be home to the Twins in 2011. It will also be the host to the University of Minnesota baseball team as well.The collapse of the Metrodome roof in December knocked the Minnesota baseball team out of its home field this season. So the Twins and the University of Minnesota announced Friday that all of the Gophers' Big Ten home games in 2011 will be played at Target Field. A total of 12 games for the Gophers will take place at Target Field, starting with the Big Ten opener on April 1 at 1:05 p.m. CT, when they host a doubleheader against Purdue. "We are extremely thankful to the Minnesota Twins organization for allowing us to use Target Field for our 2011 conference slate," Minnesota head coach John Anderson said in a statement. "From the moment the Metrodome roof collapsed, the Pohlad Family and the entire Twins' organization have bent over backwards to help us make this work. It will obviously be exciting for our team to be able to play 12 games at Target Field, and we feel like it is another great example of the Twins' efforts to go above and beyond to help our program. We feel extremely lucky to have the type of relationship we do with the Minnesota Twins." Minnesota was originally supposed to play 31 homes games in the Metrodome this season before the roof collapsed. Ticket information for the 12 games at Target Field will be released by the Twins and the University of Minnesota at a later date.
Right-hander Scott Baker threw a side session on Friday morning, and manager Ron Gardenhire said that the pitcher was "full-go" in all the drills on Day 1 of workouts. Baker had a slight setback earlier this month following arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow this offseason, but he is feeling better than expected, Gardenhire said. ... Jose Mijares arrived at camp looking a few pounds lighter than he did last season. Mijares pitched winter ball this year, and Gardenhire commented on how good the left-handed reliever looked upon his arrival. "Good for him," Gardenhire said. "That's what we told him when he left. He looks really good." ... First baseman Justin Morneau is expected to arrive in Fort Myers by Tuesday's position player reporting date. Gardenhire said that Morneau, who is recovering from the concussion he suffered last July, has been cleared by doctors to take part in all the drills for Spring Training, but will have to be cleared again by doctors before he can play in games.