02/13/2013 3:50 PM ET
Pitchers and catchers kick off spring camp
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins hosted their first official workout of Spring Training on Wednesday, as pitchers and catchers participated in several drills on the first day of camp.
It began early in the morning with a catchers meeting with manager Ron Gardenhire before he addressed all of the players currently in camp for the first official team meeting. Gardenhire said he kept it simple, as he plans on going through a more structured meeting once the rest of the team reports on Friday, with the first full workout set for Saturday morning.
"Saturday will be the big day," Gardenhire said. "Basically, today was, 'Get out there, don't try to do anything silly and overextend yourself. No one is going to make a baseball team today. Go out there, go through the process, do your work. It's about being healthy.'"
After the meeting, the players broke up into different groups with 16 pitchers throwing bullpen sessions and the others playing catch. The hurlers also participated in pitchers fielding practice (PFP) drills and ran in the outfield at Hammond Stadium.
The nine catchers on the roster went over signs early in the morning with Gardenhire before catching bullpen sessions and taking batting practice later in the day.
"It's just nice to see everyone back on the field," Gardenhire said. "Guys moving around, they put forth a good effort. As far as pitchers doing their fundamentals and stuff, everything went really well. They listened and paid attention and were trying hard and had a nice time out there."
Harden, newcomers step up on mound
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins got their first look at a few new additions to their pitching staff, as newcomers Vance Worley, Rich Harden, Kevin Correia and Alex Meyer threw their first official bullpen sessions of the spring on Wednesday.
Pitching coach Rick Anderson supervised the bullpen sessions that were timed at about seven minutes each. Several top prospects also took part, such as Kyle Gibson, B.J. Hermsen and Jose Berrios.
But the bullpen session had a special significance for Harden, who was excited about how he felt considering he had shoulder surgery at this time last year and didn't pitch in '12.
"It felt pretty good," said Harden, who is trying to make the club as a non-roster invite. "It was fun. It was good to get back out there. I'm hoping it'll feel the same when I start facing hitters. I threw mostly fastballs because I'm trying to get that feel back."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire didn't get a chance to watch the bullpen sessions because he was working with pitchers on another field, but he said the club had to change its usual plans with so many pitchers in camp this year.
"We've altered it because we have 32 healthy pitchers," Gardenhire said. "We have four groups so we added another field, another group and we're doing a few different things on it. We're going to do a few different things during batting practice, live BP and all that. We're changing it up a little bit.''
Position players get early start at camp
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins position players aren't required to report until Friday, with the first official workout set for Saturday morning, but it didn't stop several players from getting extra work in on Wednesday.
Infielders Jamey Carroll, Brian Dozier and Trevor Plouffe and outfielders Chris Parmelee, Aaron Hicks, Joe Benson and Darin Mastroianni all took part in informal workouts. First-base coach Scott Ullger even threw batting practice to several players on one of the back fields at the Lee County Sports Complex.
Several non-roster invites were also working out at camp, including Jeff Clement, Chris Colabello, Brandon Boggs, Clete Thomas and Brian Dinkelman.
"I expect it, that's normal," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Guys are anxious. Once you get through TwinsFest and Caravan and everything, guys are pretty pumped up about getting down here and getting going. I expect that. This is a good turnout. Most of the guys are here. It's fun to see.''