3/9/2014 5:49 P.M. ET
Live BP to precede Florimon's first spring action
By Rhett Bollinger and Maureen Mullen / MLB.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shortstop Pedro Florimon, who had his appendix removed on Feb. 17, is expected to take live batting practice for the first time early this week and could play in his first game by the weekend, Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Sunday.
Florimon has been participating in infield drills and taking batting practice in recent days, but he will progress to facing live pitching for the first time since having the laparoscopic surgery.
"He's going to hit off live pitching in the next day or two, and we hope to get him in games by the end of the week," Antony said. "That's what we're hoping. He's going to take live BP and do everything this week. His first game will be about three innings, so it'll be a progression. Hopefully by the end of the week he'll be ready to go."
There's still a chance that Florimon will start the season on the 15-day disabled list, but if he sees action in Grapefruit League games this weekend, he'll have nearly two weeks to get ready for the start of the season. The Twins open the year on March 31 against the White Sox in Chicago.
Gardenhire pleased with Pelfrey, Deduno
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Mike Pelfrey turned in his best outing of the spring on Sunday in a 1-1 tie with the Phillies at Hammond Stadium, tossing three hitless innings.
Pelfrey displayed better tempo throughout his start but wasn't pleased about walking two batters. He threw 35 pitches with 20 going for strikes, including one strikeout.
"I'm happy with the pace, but the walks were frustrating," Pelfrey said. "But I have about four more starts, so it's something I'll continue to try to get better. But I thought my command was much better than my last outing."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he could also tell that Pelfrey's pace is starting to get better while on the mound. It was something Pelfrey struggled with last year in his first season back from Tommy John surgery.
"Pelfrey was good," Gardenhire said. "That was nice to see. He worked pretty quick and threw the ball over."
Pelfrey added that his arm felt strong during his outing and thought he could've gone deeper into the game, but he was scheduled to throw three innings after throwing 2 1/3 against Baltimore in his last start on Wednesday.
"I felt good walking off, and I think that's the biggest thing you want to do," Pelfrey said. "I think next time I'll be on the normal five-day routine with more pitches and more innings. So with four left, if you add an inning to each, that's seven innings, and I think I did that just [two times] last year. So that'll be good."
Gardenhire was also pleased with Samuel Deduno's outing, as the right-hander also threw three scoreless innings. Deduno, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, now has a 1.35 ERA in three Grapefruit League outings.
"Sammy's stuff was filthy again," Gardenhire said. "Our catcher commented the ball was coming out of his hand pretty good. [Kurt] Suzuki liked that. He said, 'Filthy stuff.'"
Replay not in season form for Phillies, Twins
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Phillies and Twins had two plays undergo video review in Sunday's 1-1 tie -- with John Mayberry Jr., at the center of both -- and another in the third that was not a candidate for MLB's expanded instant replay.
Mayberry led off the eighth inning with a ground ball to third baseman Brandon Waring, whose throw to first sailed over the head of first baseman Chris Colabello, caroming off the facing of the Phillies' dugout roof along the first-base line and back onto the field. Mayberry was awarded second base when the ball was ruled to have left the field of play. After a quick review, requested by Twins manager Ron Gardenhire to see if Mayberry should indeed be awarded second, the call stood.
Mayberry then took third on a sacrifice bunt by Tony Gwynn, Jr., the next batter, and broke for home on Ronny Cedeno's ground ball with shortstop Danny Santana attempting to throw out Mayberry at the plate. Catcher Chris Herrmann attempted to apply the tag, but home-plate umpire Bob Davidson called Mayberry safe with the tying run.
The play was reviewed for approximately two minutes and 20 seconds, but the video was ruled inconclusive and the call on the field was upheld.
"It was an interesting day with the video," Gardenhire said. "We got a 99 percent sure he was out from our guy [Twins director of Major League video Sean Harlin], but it was ruled inconclusive by their guy on the play at the plate. But I'm sure that's all going to change during the season with the system in New York. But right now, it's not a perfect system."
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg had attempted to have a play reviewed earlier in the game, but there was no video available. On that play, Gwynn, who led off the third with a walk, was called out at second base on Cedeno's fielder's choice.
"This wasn't the real deal," Sandberg said of the review process. "There was a [video production] truck out here, and they got limited cameras. And then we had about a 45-second delay before we got anything. When I went out there at second, they had no replay. So it's not even close to the same [as what will be available in the regular season]."
Twins hoping to have Arcia, Hicks on field soon
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Outfielders Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks are both on the travel list for Tuesday's game against the Rays after Monday's off-day, but it's unclear if Arcia will be ready to play.
Arcia, who was sent home with flu-like symptoms on Thursday, took batting practice on Saturday and was at the park for workouts again on Sunday. But he had to come off the field because he was still feeling sick, so Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he's still not sure if Arcia will be ready for Tuesday's game.
"He's still having some stomach issues," Gardenhire said. "They ran him through some tests yesterday, and he's still having some problems. He had to sprint off the field today with problems."
Hicks, meanwhile, felt discomfort in his elbow while taking swings on Thursday, but his elbow is feeling better. His elbow also doesn't bother him when he throws, so the Twins are hopeful the soreness will subside by Tuesday.
"He told me he'll be ready Tuesday," Gardenhire said. "He said when swinging he feels it a little bit."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. Maureen Mullen is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.