05/23/12 8:15 PM ET
Twins work out top infield prospect Correa
By Cash Kruth and Jesse Sanchez / MLB.com
"It was fun," Correa said from Puerto Rico. "I had a good time."
The 6-ft-4, 190-pound Correa, who attends Puerto Rico Baseball Academy and High School, should become the highest-drafted Puerto Rican high school player ever when he is selected next month. Currently ranked No. 5 on MLB.com's Top 100 Draft prospects, many believe the infielder will be selected in the first five to 10 selections of the Draft.
The Twins have the No. 2 overall selection in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, and have a total of five selections in the top 72 picks. The club also has two picks in the compensation round -- No. 32 and No. 42 -- following the departures of free agents Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel.
Correa, who has committed to play baseball at the University of Miami, has been compared to a young Troy Tulowitzki. He is also scheduled to work out for the Astros, who have the No. 1 overall selection in this year's draft, in the next few days.
The annual First-Year Player Draft takes place this year from June 4-6, beginning with the first round and compensation round A on Monday, June 4, at 8 p.m. CT. The first night of the event will be broadcast live on MLB Network and streamed live on MLB.com. Rounds 2-40 will also be streamed live on MLB.com on June 5-6.
Doumit might catch on Thursday
CHICAGO -- Ryan Doumit was the Twins designated hitter for the second straight day on Wednesday, and manager Ron Gardenhire said Doumit could return behind the plate in Thursday's series finale.
With Thursday's night game against the White Sox, the Twins likely won't return to Minnesota until early Friday morning for that day's series opener against the Tigers. Gardenhire said Thursday would be a perfect day to start Doumit at catcher, Joe Mauer at first and Justin Morneau at DH, but said he would wait to see how Doumit's calf reacted Wednesday.
Doumit strained a right calf muscle on May 16 and had been regulated to pinch-hit duty before returning to the lineup on Tuesday.
"Tomorrow would be a good day for it, but I don't know if Doum's ready for that yet," Gardenhire said. "I'll see about that tonight."
Doumit returned to the Twins lineup Tuesday, going 2-for-4 with a double before being removed for a pinch-runner in the seventh inning.
"You always say you'd like to stay away from catching him right now in a game, sit him for at least a day or two more, but I need to get him behind the plate," Gardenhire said.
Gardenhire hopes for five from Swarzak
CHICAGO -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire is hoping to get at least five innings out of Anthony Swarzak on Friday, when the right-hander starts Minnesota's series opener against the Tigers.
After that, the Twins will simply play it by ear.
"We haven't extended him out that much, but he's thrown a lot of baseball," Gardenhire said. "I won't put a pitch count on it, we'll just go inning by inning. I think if we can get five innings out of him, we'll just go inning by inning after that and see what happens."
Swarzak, 26, will make his fourth start of the year after spending the last month in the bullpen, in place of Nick Blackburn, who is on the disabled list with a left quad strain. He's pitched well in relief, allowing zero runs in three of his last four outings, but struggled in the starting rotation to open the season, losing all three of his starts.
Although Swarzak hasn't started since April 19, he threw 97 pitches in his second start and is fully stretched out. Gardenhire said he isn't concerned about Swarzak's ability to pitch deep enough into the game to avoid burning through the bullpen.
Mauer, catchers learning club's new pitchers
CHICAGO -- As pitchers have come and gone in the Twins rotation during the season's first 42 games, Joe Mauer and the rest of the Twins catchers have had less of a musical-chairs season behind home plate.
Only one starter -- right-hander Carl Pavano -- remains from Minnesota's season-opening rotation. That means Mauer and fellow catchers Ryan Doumit and Drew Butera have had to learn the strengths and weaknesses of guys like P.J. Walters, Scott Diamond and Cole De Vries, all of whom are in the early stages of their Twins careers.
"It's different. I'm starting to learn these guys better each time they go out," Mauer said on Tuesday night, after catching Walters' complete game. "P.J. was in camp, but I really didn't see him a whole lot. You've got De Vries coming up today, so I haven't really caught him.
"It's been fun, but the first couple times out I want them to feel comfortable and I try to learn them as quick as I can and throw my two cents in there, too. But those guys are doing a great job, Scott Diamond also, and giving us chances to win."
After committing the third-most errors in the Major Leagues last season, the Twins entered Wednesday with the fifth-fewest. They also had committed only one miscue in their last eight games.
"I think we have some athletic people out there that are catching the ball a lot better, and getting to the ones we're supposed to," Gardenhire said. "The pitcher walks a guy or the first guy gets a hit, you get a ground ball, we catch it and we turn two, and get the boys back in the dugout. That's what he game's all about, pitching and defense."
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, P.J. Walters' complete-game victory after allowing a first-inning home run Tuesday night was only the second time in the last two years a Major League pitcher went the distance after allowing a first-inning home run. Felix Hernandez was the other, doing it on Opening Day 2011. The last Twins pitcher to do so was Brad Radke in 2003.
The Twins entered Wednesday 23-14 against the White Sox since 2010, including 14-5 at U.S. Cellular Field.
Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.