9/8/2013 6:33 P.M. ET
Herrmann, Twins make winter ball plans
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
MINNEAPOLIS -- Chris Herrmann is one of several Twins players set to play winter ball this offseason, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Herrmann, who has seen time at catcher and in both corner outfield spots this year, recently went into Gardenhire's office to ask permission to play in the Dominican Republic's winter league, and Gardenhire approved, but told him to pick a position. Herrmann, 25, wants to get more at-bats, as he's played in 69 games at Triple-A Rochester and 46 with the Twins.
"I told him I have no problem with it, but to make sure he has a plan," Gardenhire said. "Are you going to catch? Are you going to play the outfield? We all know they want to go down and get their swings."
Gardenhire added that he expects players such as Oswaldo Arcia, Josmil Pinto and Pedro Florimon to participate in winter ball.
But he said second baseman Brian Dozier is not expected to play winter ball in Venezuela for a second straight offseason, as he's played in 127 of Minnesota's 141 games this year. Outfielder Darin Mastroianni, who also played in Venezuela last offseason, is scheduled to stay back and rehab his ankle, which has bothered him all year.
Right-hander Samuel Deduno is also not likely to pitch in his native Dominican Republic, as he's currently shut down with shoulder problems. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the club will determine in the next 10 days whether Deduno will need arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder.
Gardenhire said he doesn't expect any of the club's relievers to play winter ball, as they've had plenty of innings this year.
"I know our bullpen guys don't need to go," Gardenhire said with a laugh.
Diamond, Triple-A reinforcements set to join Twins
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins are set to add reinforcements to their short-handed bench, as the club announced seven players will be promoted from Triple-A Rochester on Monday after the Red Wings were eliminated from the International League playoffs on Sunday.
The Twins will recall infielder Eduardo Escobar, first baseman/outfielder Chris Parmelee, left-hander Scott Diamond and right-handers Michael Tonkin and Cole De Vries. Additionally, the Twins selected the contracts of catcher Eric Fryer and right-hander Shairon Martis, as right-hander Samuel Deduno (shoulder) and outfielder Wilkin Ramirez (broken left tibia) were transferred to the 60-day disabled list to make room for them on the 40-man roster.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was pleased to finally get September callups on the roster, especially with backup infielder Doug Bernier still out with a sore right elbow. Rochester was eliminated with a 3-0 loss to Pawtucket in Game 5 on Sunday.
"With Bernier out with his elbow right now, this will be good," Gardenhire said. "We're getting another catcher up here. [Ryan] Doumit is pretty much gonna DH and play the outfield for us the rest of the way. Same with [Josh] Willingham. But I have a backup first baseman in Parmelee now, so that'll be good."
Gardenhire also said there have been discussions about going to a six-man rotation for the rest of the season. Diamond would be the most likely candidate to start after posting a 2.41 ERA in six starts since being optioned to Rochester in early August.
• With the Twins not taking batting practice on the field before Sunday's game, catcher Joe Mauer took BP in the cages. Mauer, who suffered a concussion on a foul tip on Aug. 19, took batting practice on the field on Friday and Saturday. Mauer is continuing to make progress, and it'll be days, not weeks, before he returns, according to Ryan.
• Gardenhire said he's been impressed with right-handed reliever Ryan Pressly this season, but doesn't envision him being shifted to a starting role next year. Pressly, who was acquired in the Rule 5 Draft from the Red Sox, was previously a starter until being converted to a reliever last season. Entering play Sunday, Pressly, 24, has a 3.50 ERA with 44 strikeouts and 25 walks in 69 1/3 innings.
• Arcia hit cleanup for the first time in his big league career on Sunday against the Blue Jays. Arcia, 22, entered the game hitting .256 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in 81 games.