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03/01/11 7:20 PM ET

Prospect Gibson makes first appearance

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Top Twins pitching prospect Kyle Gibson made his first Spring Training appearance on Tuesday afternoon against the Red Sox. The lanky 6-foot-6 pitcher said his nerves were on display early in the outing as he gave up a double to Marco Scutaro on the first pitch he threw.

Still, Gibson settled down after the early jitters. He struck out Mike Cameron swinging on a slider and after walking Kevin Youkilis, he was able to snag a liner back to the mound from Ryan Kalish and turn a double play.

Overall, Gibson seemed thrilled by the experience, and manager Ron Gardenhire said he has enjoyed watching the pitcher this spring.

"He's fluid, the ball comes out of his hand," Gardenhire said. "It's got some little zip to it. His first outing and you could see that he was excited, too. We're pretty excited about that young man. He's a nice looking player."

There has certainly been a lot of anticipation for fans to see Gibson -- the Twins' first-round Draft pick in 2009 -- on the mound, but the fast-rising prospect has tried to keep everything in perspective despite all the attention that's focused on him.

"I guess that's good to have fans excited to see you pitch," Gibson said. "As long as they are still excited a few years from now, that will be pretty good."

Cuddyer out 7-14 days after wart removal

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer won't play in his first Spring Training game for at least another week after having the plantar wart on his left foot removed Tuesday morning.

Cuddyer flew to the Twin Cities, where he saw Dr. Charles Crutchfield, who performed the procedure. The club said that Cuddyer is expected to miss seven to 14 days as he recovers.

The outfielder had been bothered by the wart since before Thanksgiving, and two attempts to have the wart frozen off were unsuccessful. Over the past couple of days, Cuddyer was trying a new cream to treat the wart, but there hadn't been much change.

So the Twins made the decision to have the wart removed now and give Cuddyer a chance to be ready for Opening Day on April 1 in Toronto.

"We don't want it to go into the year, into the season, so we said let's get it done and get it over with," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So he'll miss a couple weeks now and not have to worry about that once the season starts. A good decision in my opinion."

Baker feels good in return

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins were cautious with Scott Baker at the start of Spring Training due to some soreness he was battling in his elbow following arthroscopic surgery in the offseason. So the good news on Tuesday was that Baker didn't have any health issues in his first spring start.

Baker struggled with his command over his 1 2/3 innings, giving up one run on two hits while walking one and hitting a batter. He threw around 40 pitches, manager Ron Gardenhire said, and so the team decided to take him out of the game before he had completed his full two innings.

"It wasn't great," Gardenhire said. "He didn't get the ball exactly where he wanted to very often, but he feels good and early in the spring, that's kind of what we're looking for. He feels good, he doesn't feel any pain in his arm."

Baker said he threw all of his pitches, including his changeup which had been the one pitch that had been bothering his elbow. And while it wasn't necessarily the results that he wanted in his first outing, Baker said he was glad to see how his elbow responded and he feels like he's back on schedule this spring.

"Regardless of the results, I think for the most part I wasn't feeling any discomfort -- maybe had a little dead arm going on," Baker said. "Just didn't allow me to get my arm up consistently like I would have liked. But that's kind of typical this time of Spring Training for me. I've had a lot of workload lately and so I feel pretty good about it. No pain, just a little inconsistent."

No timetable for Mauer to see game action

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- There is no specific timetable for when catcher Joe Mauer will begin playing in Spring Training games, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Tuesday.

Gardenhire said that Mauer continues to do well in his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery he had in December. The catcher has been taking batting practice and taking part in many of the other team workouts this spring, although the Twins want to limit his catching duties early in spring.

"He's doing his thing and preparing," Gardenhire said. "I'm not too awful concerned with him. The big thing with him is to let him get ready and he'll get behind the plate eventually and start catching some bullpens. We've already talked about that.

"I'm not saying tomorrow or the next day. But the first thing is to get him into catching bullpens and eventually get him into games. No timetable yet."

Twins tidbits

Right-hander Kevin Slowey has been slotted to start Friday's contest against the Rays while left-hander Francisco Liriano will make his first spring appearance in a "B" game on the Minor League side of the Twins' complex. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the club is trying to schedule a few more "B" games with other clubs in order to get enough innings for all of their pitchers. ... Former Minnesota pitcher Jim Kaat will join the team as a Spring Training special instructor on Sunday and will be with the club through next Friday. Kaat, 72, is the club's all-time leader in wins (189), games started (422), and innings (2,929 1/3). Over his 25-year Major League career, Kaat won 16 straight Gold Gloves, and last year he was named as one of the "50 Greatest Twins."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Kelly's Corner and follow her on Twitter at kellythesier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.