4/6/2014 6:06 P.M. ET
Twins' offense a pleasant surprise
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- The offense has been a pleasant surprise for the Twins early this season, as they entered Sunday's game fourth in runs scored in the American League, with 28 through their first five games.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire admitted that he was nervous about how the offense would perform this season, especially considering how much hitters struggled to score runs in Spring Training. Josh Willingham and Jason Kubel both had rough springs, in particular, but have fared well in the early going.
"I was a little worried about the way we swung the bats in Florida," Gardenhire said. "But we've always said, don't put too much stock in that, because guys are getting in shape and ready for the season. But yeah, you'd like to think guys would start getting into a groove the last week of Spring Training, but we didn't have too much of that. So I was not panicked, but panicked."
Gardenhire said the Twins still need to cut down on striking out, as they led the AL in that category with 54 entering Sunday.
"We're swinging a lot better, but we're striking out a lot," Gardenhire said. "Lots of caught looking. So if we improve that, our chances will get better because we've been swinging pretty good."
Willingham day to day with bruised left wrist
CLEVELAND -- Twins left fielder Josh Willingham left Sunday's game in the bottom of the second inning after being hit by a pitch on his left wrist in the first inning. He was taken for X-rays, which came back negative, and he's day to day with a bruised left wrist.
"He's sore but it's not broke," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after the Twins beat the Indians, 10-7. "We'll figure it out tomorrow."
Willingham was plunked by Indians right-hander Justin Masterson on a 90-mph fastball with one out in the first, but remained in the game for the rest of the inning and was in left field for the bottom half of the frame.
But when the Twins took the field in the second inning, Jason Bartlett replaced Willingham in left field.
It marked Bartlett's second career appearance in left, as he also played one inning there against the White Sox on Thursday.
Gardy joins elite company with milestone win
CLEVELAND -- A day after picking up career win No. 1,000 against the Indians on Saturday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was able to reflect on the accomplishment while sitting in the visiting manager's office at Progressive Field before Sunday's game.
Gardenhire said he was happy to finally reach the milestone, and appreciated the support he received from his players and coaching staff after the game. But he also said he's ready to move on and focus on the rest of the season, now that the milestone is behind him.
"I guess it's relief, because we want to move forward and play baseball," Gardenhire said. "It was a fun day yesterday to get a win against a good team and give our team a chance to win a series here. That thing has been hanging out there for a pretty long while. So the guys were excited and got to shake some hands, and now we can move forward and play some baseball and get on the right track."
Gardenhire said the club's public relations staff informed him that he was one of just 10 managers to accomplish 1,000 wins with just one team, and he thought it was cool that he followed in former Twins manager Tom Kelly's footsteps, as Kelly also was on that list of 10 managers that also includes six Hall of Famers.
"It's pretty amazing, to tell you the truth," Gardenhire said. "More than anything else, I'm with an organization that has given me this opportunity. There's not a lot of other organizations that do that through thick and thin. We've had some good years, but we've had some rough ones the last couple years, so you have to be lucky to have an organization that believes in you."
Gardenhire received more than 200 congratulatory texts, including messages from former Twins such as Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter, Joe Nathan, Jacque Jones and Johan Santana. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington also sent a text, which surprised Gardenhire.
"It was good to talk to a lot of people I hadn't heard from in a long time," Gardenhire said. "So it was cool."
But Gardenhire joked that he was upset he didn't receive anything from President Barack Obama.
"The president didn't call, so I was disappointed in that," Gardenhire said. "But I know Mr. Obama is a White Sox fan, so I didn't think he'd call me."
Arcia to see team doctors for wrist; DL a possibility
CLEVELAND -- Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is expected to have his right wrist examined by team doctors once the Twins return to Target Field on Monday, and could be placed on the disabled list if he's not ready to play by Wednesday.
Arcia had his right wrist examined by Dr. Thomas Graham of the Cleveland Clinic on Sunday, and Graham found nothing serious in Arcia's wrist, according to Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony.
Arcia, who was given anti-inflammatory medications, was held out of the starting lineup on Sunday, with Jason Kubel starting in right field in his place. The plan is for him to test his wrist by swinging in the batting cages on Monday, if he's cleared by doctors.
But if he's unable to play by Wednesday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Arcia could hit the 15-day disabled list, even though the Twins remain hopeful he'll be able to avoid it.
"It's just day to day," Gardenhire said. "He's taken his medicine. So we'll give him a couple days of rest, and he'll get checked out by our doctors at home. We have a day off Tuesday, and he probably won't play Monday. So we'll see how we go with this. So by Wednesday, we have to make a decision here. We can't play short. We're just not going to do that this year."