3/3/2014 5:08 P.M. ET
Correia pleased with first Grapefruit League start
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Kevin Correia was solid in his Grapefruit League debut against the Blue Jays on Monday, as the right-hander tossed three hitless innings in the Twins' 12-2 victory at Hammond Stadium.
Correia was sharp for a second straight outing, as he also threw two hitless innings in Thursday's intrasquad game. He came away pleased with the way his arm felt, especially in the second inning after a long wait, as the Twins scored four runs in the opening frame with Jays left-hander J.A. Happ only able to record one out.
"I felt fine," Correia said. "There was a long wait in between the first inning and second inning, which is kind of tough with it being your first inning back out there, but I managed to work around it a little bit like I would during the season. For the most part, my stuff felt pretty good."
Correia, who posted a 4.18 ERA in 31 starts with the Twins last season, mixed in all of his pitches, including a two-seam fastball, four-seam fastball, cutter, slider, changeup and curveball.
"I'm just trying to get command and control of all of them," Correia said. "I want to be confident and be able to throw all my pitches at any count by the time we get out of here."
Florimon progressing, but no timetable for return
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shortstop Pedro Florimon, who had his appendix removed Feb. 17, has progressed to hitting off a tee and is hoping to take ground balls early this week, but he still doesn't have a timetable for his return.
Florimon took about 20-30 swings from both sides of the plate off a tee on Monday, but he still isn't ready to face pitching. Florimon said the pain in his right side has subsided and he hopes to start ramping up his baseball activities in three to four days.
"I feel better," Florimon said. "I don't know [if I'll be ready for the start of the year]. I need to get game-ready and get back and play."
Florimon could still land on the 15-day disabled list if he doesn't start making progress soon and doesn't get into enough Grapefruit League games heading into the season.
Eduardo Escobar and Jason Bartlett are the two likeliest candidates to replace Florimon if he's not ready for the start of the season. Florimon could also be placed on the DL retroactively heading into the season so he wouldn't have to miss the first 15 days of the year.
• Right-hander Kyle Gibson looked sharp in his Grapefruit League debut, throwing three scoreless innings in relief. He allowed just two bloop singles and struck out two. Pitching coach Rick Anderson said after the game it was the best he'd seen Gibson all spring.
• Jermaine Mitchell connected on his first home run of the spring in the third inning off Blue Jays right-hander Dustin McGowan. Mitchell, who is a non-roster invitee, also had four RBIs.