With Opening Day fast approaching, Twins whittle down roster
In the past 24 hours, the Twins have reassigned 11 players to minor league camp.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — It’s almost time for the Minnesota Twins to pack up and leave Florida, and the cuts are now coming quickly.
In the past 24 hours, the Twins have reassigned 11 players to minor league camp, announcing six more cuts — none of them a surprise — on Thursday afternoon. Catchers David Banuelos and Grayson Greiner were reassigned, as were infielders Elliot Soto and Tyler White, right-hander Oliver Ortega and outfielder Ryan LaMarre.
The latest round of cuts leaves the Twins with 39 active players in camp, plus another two — Royce Lewis and Chris Paddack — who are going to begin the season on the 60-day injured list. The Twins must get that number down to 26 by next week, when they open their season on March 30 in Kansas City.
Two of those roster players, Jorge Polanco and Alex Kirilloff, will begin the season on the injured list. A couple more, pitchers Josh Winder and Ronny Henriquez, are working their way back from injuries and not expected to be ready to start the season.
While the Twins have started informing some players that they have made the major league roster, manager Rocco Baldelli said there are still three spots that are “up in the air,” and a handful of non-roster invitees remain in camp.
The Twins will have what Baldelli described as a “prospect extravaganza” on Friday in Tampa when they take on the Yankees. No. 1 prospect (per MLB Pipeline) Brooks Lee, No. 3 Emmanuel Rodriguez and No. 4 Edouard Julien are all among those expected to play. … Starters Pablo Lopez and Kenta Maeda also will make the trip, along with catcher Christian Vazquez, who is playing in back-to-back games. Lopez will start the game and Maeda will relieve to get his work in. … Tyler Mahle gave up three runs in 4⅔ innings Thursday in a 3-0 loss to the Blue Jays. He is expected to get one more start this spring.
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