02/23/2013 4:30 PM ET
Plouffe could play in intrasquad game on Sunday
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who has been slowed by a sore right calf this spring, could play in Minnesota's intrasquad game on Sunday morning, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said on Saturday.
The Twins are set to play in a six-inning intrasquad game at 9 a.m. CT before they host the Rays in the Hammond Stadium opener at 12 p.m. CT. Plouffe could play in the instrasquad game before making his Grapefruit League debut early in the week.
"We'll hope everything goes ... good today ... so there's a possibility ... that I might get him into [the exhibition game on Sunday]," Gardenhire said. "He has no limitations, according to my sheet."
The intrasquad game will feature many of the club's younger players, with P.J. Walters, B.J. Hermsen, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Caleb Thielbar, Jose Berrios and Andrew Albers all on the list to throw.
Correia satisfied after first spring outing
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Kevin Correia came away pleased with his Grapefruit League debut against the Orioles on Saturday at Ed Smith Stadium.
Correia, who signed a two-year deal worth $10 million to join the Twins this offseason, gave up one run on two hits and a walk over two innings. He threw 36 pitches, including only 10 in a 1-2-3 first inning against Brian Roberts, Nate McLouth and Nick Markakis.
"It was good," Correia said. "I got out there and got my feet wet in a real game. ... I was around the plate, for the most part. I threw every pitch I have, so I got around to it. I had a quick first inning, but I had a little more opportunity in the second inning to throw more pitches."
Correia gave up two hits -- a double to Matt Wieters down the right-field line and an infield single to Chris Davis -- before giving up a run on a sacrifice fly to J.J. Hardy in the second inning.
The veteran righty said he was happy he was able to get through the second inning without having to come out early. But at the same time, he's not that worried about the results in Spring Training.
"It's always nice to do well," Correia said. "Even when you throw a bullpen on a side day, you want to do well. But it wouldn't have concerned me if I went out there and pitched bad today. I've had enough Spring Trainings to have good Spring Trainings, bad ones and mediocre ones -- and it doesn't have much bearing on the season."
Correia is set to start again on Wednesday against the Phillies before flying out that night to return to San Diego to attend the birth of his third child with his wife Diana. He'll then come back to Fort Myers on March 3, and will throw a bullpen before making another start.
"I'll start a game in a couple days and then leave for three days and come right back," Correia said. "So that's the plan. Just progress every time and build up the pitch count. That's the main goal."
Injury sidelines prospect Arcia
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Twins outfield prospect Oswaldo Arcia pulled his intercostal muscle on Friday, and the club isn't sure when he'll return, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.
Arcia, ranked as the club's No. 5 prospect and the No. 93 overall prospect according to MLB.com, was expected to start in right field in the Hammond Stadium opener against the Rays on Sunday.
Instead, he's scheduled to meet with team physician Dr. John Steubs on Saturday to determine how long he'll be out.
"He got hurt," Gardenhire said. "He did it [on Friday] morning early working out. So they told me Dr. Steubs will check him today and we'll know about the days [he'll be out]. But, obviously, they don't go away overnight. So there's a chance it might be a little bit before he sees action again."
Arcia, 21, is considered a long shot to make the club out of Spring Training, as the Twins plan on using Chris Parmelee as their starting right fielder to open the season.
Arcia is expected to open the year at Triple-A Rochester, but could be called up during the season if he hits like he did last year when he batted .320/.388/.539 with 17 homers and 36 doubles in 124 games split between Class A Advanced Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain.
"I wanted to get some looks at him, so it's kind of disappointing," Gardenhire said. "I wanted to see him swing. But those things happen. So we gotta get him well now."