2/26/2014 2:01 P.M. ET
Pelfrey to start Grapefruit League opener
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Mike Pelfrey will start the Twins' Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox on Friday at JetBlue Park, pitching coach Rick Anderson said Wednesday.
Pelfrey will start against Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo in the first Spring Training game for both teams. But the Twins aren't ready to announce their starter for their home opener against the Red Sox at Hammond Stadium on Saturday.
Pelfrey, 30, is looking to bounce back after posting a 5.19 ERA with 101 strikeouts and 53 walks in 152 2/3 innings. But he's another year removed from his Tommy John surgery in May of 2012 and is looking forward to not having to worry about his elbow this season.
"I feel normal," Pelfrey said. "I had a normal offseason and didn't have to do rehab or any of that stuff. So I feel good."
Hughes, Correia to start Twins intrasquad game
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins are set to host their first intrasquad game on Thursday at Hammond Stadium with Phil Hughes starting opposite Kevin Correia.
The Twins are tentatively scheduled to host the game on the main field at Hammond Stadium at 9 a.m. CT, but it could change because of ongoing renovations.
Hughes and Correia are expected to throw two innings and will be followed by fellow starters Vance Worley and Kyle Gibson, who will also throw two innings each.
Trevor May, Kris Johnson, Logan Darnell, Yohan Pino, Anthony Swarzak, Brooks Raley, Lester Oliveros and Deolis Guerra are all slated to throw an inning.
"We're hoping to play a game tomorrow at the stadium," Gardenhire said. "Most of the guys will be involved. There are going to be a few boys not involved that are going to play in the game on Saturday or Friday. So there will be a lot of people getting some action."
Four catchers are also expected to see action, including veteran Kurt Suzuki, as the Twins want him to get comfortable with the pitching staff. Chris Herrmann, Eric Fryer and Dan Rohlfing will also catch for the Twins.
"He's catching in that just because of that," Gardenhire said of Suzuki. "He's gonna get to see them all throughout. With Hughesy going and Correia, you'd like him to catch both sides and see them both but that's not going to happen, so he'll catch one and he'll get to see them all as we go along. We want him over there with Hughesy right now for sure.''
Several prospects are also expected to see action, including Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Danny Santana and Kennys Vargas. Other Twins regulars from last season expected to play include Aaron Hicks, Chris Parmelee and Chris Colabello.
"You'll see a lot of younger guys for sure," Gardenhire said. "And a few veterans mixed in."
Twins remain cautious with healing Pinto
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins catcher Josmil Pinto is continuing to make progress with his sore back, but will be held out of Grapefruit League action until he can get through drills without any issues.
Pinto is currently swinging the bat and catching bullpens, but has yet to have a full day of workouts with live batting practice. The Twins are being cautious with Pinto, especially because it's so early in the spring.
"[The trainers] got to tell me he's ready to go out and do all the drills," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Catch bullpens and swing without any problems and stay in all the drills through the Good Morning America [drills] then he can play in a game. He has to go through all the drills with no holding back."
Gardenhire added that the injury is minor enough that if it were the regular season, Pinto would be playing.
"If it was during the season I would imagine he would be out there no matter what," Gardenhire said. "Here in Spring Training there's no reason. But like any player who wants to play, they don't want to see the trainers."