Twins don't expect Rosario's arm issue to become major concern
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario is dealing with mild tendinitis in his right triceps and has been placed on no-throw status.
The Twins don't see the issue as serious at this point but if the symptoms persist, he would be sent for further tests. Rosario hasn't played since Sunday, when he was lifted after four innings at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he will be re-evaluated Friday.
Twins manager Paul Molitor said he wasn't concerned about this being a long-term issue for Rosario, who might not return to the lineup until Sunday or Monday.
Rosario said it wasn't an acute injury that happened on one throw.
"I didn't feel anything throwing," he said through a team translator. "My arm's a little tired. It's just resting for these few days. Just trying to be healthy for the start of the season."
Pitchers typically have dead-arm periods around this point of spring training, and Rosario didn't rule that out as a cause of his concern.
"It could be," he said. "I'm an outfielder. I'm not a pitcher. I wouldn't be able to tell you about pitchers, but it could be."
Rosario, coming off a career-high 27 home runs in 2017, said his arm was healthy coming into camp and he continues to take swings in the batting cage. He is 3 for 13 (.231) with a home run and three strikeouts so far this spring.
"I don't want to predict, but sometimes this is nothing more than volume of throwing," Twins general manager Thad Levine said. "You think you're prepared coming into camp, and sometimes the volume of throwing catches up to some of these guys. We're hopeful it's nothing more than that."
Logan Morrison lined a pair of singles and hustled to score from second on a Max Kepler single in the first, but was lifted after two innings in the field due to tightness in his right glute.
Kennys Vargas took his place at first base in the bottom of the third.
"He wanted to keep playing," Molitor said of Morrison. "Don't think it's anything major. There's a chance I'll hold him out on Friday. We'll see how he does over the next 48 hours."
The Twins are scheduled to make a pair of trips up the road to Port Charlotte this weekend (Friday and Sunday) to face Morrison's former team, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Ervin Santana, the Twins' Opening Day starter the past two seasons, was back in camp Wednesday minus a cast on his surgically repaired pitching hand.
Santana, who underwent surgery on his right middle finger on Feb. 6, will continue doing rehab exercises on his finger before proceeding to flat-ground throwing sessions with fastballs only. He remains on target for a late April/early May return to the Twins' rotation.
"He's probably at least a step or two away from throwing," Levine said. "We'll know a lot more when he starts throwing and we see how his hand reacts."
Throwing his signature slider was an intermittent problem for Santana last season as he dealt with a calcium deposit on the knuckle of his finger.
Hughes on Friday
With his next turn scheduled to fall on Thursday's off day, Phil Hughes will throw live batting practice on Friday instead.
Hughes said new pitching coach Garvin Alston wants to have each starter use one spring outing in that fashion in order to work on specific pitches, sequences or locations. Kyle Gibson already did that last week while going eight days between starts.
Hughes, who has an 8.31 earned-run average through his first two outings, should be up to four innings or 60 pitches by Friday.
"Garvin just wants to be able to work on some things without having game situations," he said. "We have more starters than days to throw everybody on a game day."
• Four pitchers were optioned to the minor leagues, and two catchers reassigned Wednesday morning. Optioned were right-handers Zack Littell and Felix Jorge and lefties Dietrich Enns and Lewis Thorpe. Catchers Brian Navaretto and Wynston Sawyer also were sent out, leaving the Twins with 53 players in big-league camp.
• Right-hander Michael Kohn will not require surgery for a nerve irritation in his throwing arm but will need four to six months of rest and rehab, a follow-up visit to the Mayo Clinic determined. Kohn, who hasn't pitched in the majors since 2015, turns 32 in June.
• Right-hander Aaron Slegers has agreed to a 2018 split contract that would pay him $547,500 in the majors and $88,900 in the minors. Tyler Duffey's minor-league salary would be $271,300 vs. $557,500 in the majors, according to a person with direct knowledge.
• Robbie Grossman, playing left field in Rosario's absence, singled in his first two trips to snap a 0-for-17 start to his spring. ... Miguel Sano walked twice and had a run-scoring double after coming in 1 for 11.
• Jake Odorizzi, featuring his offspeed arsenal as he worked for the first time with catcher Jason Castro, scattered three hits and allowed one run in 3 2/3 innings in his second start of the spring.
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