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Good morning everyone! Life has been more than hectic the last couple of weeks, so I apologize for a lack of postings here. I don’t have a lot of time tonight either, but I did want to at least post some new content for people to discuss.
· First of all, be sure to check back later for details and times of tonight’s SethSpeaks.net Minnesota Twins Live Chat. It will likely be at 8:00 central time. As always, it is your opportunity to send me questions. I will answer your questions for up to two hours.
· Boof Bonser had exploratory surgery on Tuesday, and yesterday we found out that he will likely miss the entire 2009 season with a torn rotator cuff and a torn labrum. If you recall, these are the two surgeries that Jesse Crain had two years ago. Bonser can and will come back. Many are dismissing this, but I happen to think that Bonser would have really made big strides as a reliever in 2009. I think he would have been more comfortable in the bullpen, and known how to prepare himself differently. One can’t help but wonder if something was done wrong last year when he first transitioned to the bullpen?
· Does the Bonser injury make the Twins more likely to do more to acquire Juan Cruz? I really don’t think so. I think whatever numbers or players the Twins offered, they were comfortable with, and Cruz is the same pitcher regardless of the Twins situation. With Pat Neshek and Bonser out for the season, it has become increasingly obvious that the Twins were wise to offer arbitration to Matt Guerrier, sign Luis Ayala and keep Philip Humber around. Injuries happen, and it’s unfortunate, but all a team can do is be prepared for the worst, and the Twins do a good job of that.
· 12 players currently in the Minnesota Twins organization made a WBC team’s final roster.
o Joe Nathan will represent the United States.
o Jesse Crain and Justin Morneau will play for Team USA.
o Nick Punto will play for Italy.
o Luke Hughes, Liam Hendricks, Danny Berg and James Beresford all will play for Australia. Hendricks told me the other day that they will begin workouts together in Arizona on Friday, and their first round of games will be played in Mexico City. Brad Tippett certainly would have been on the team if not for his broken finger, but he says it is healing very well and very quickly.
o Luis Ayala will play for Mexico.
o 2008 pick Carlos Gutierrez will play for Puerto Rico.
o Tom Stuifbergen will be playing for pitching coach Bert Blyleven and Team Netherlands. He informed me last night that they have been working out in Bradenton, Florida for about a week. If they play a third game, he will be the starter. I asked who the top two starters will be, and he said that Sidney Ponson would get the Game 1 nod, with Marlins starter Rick Vanden Hurk starting Game 2.
o Finally, Hein Robb will play for the South Africa team. I honestly knew nothing about him, but found out that the Twins signed him last summer. He is likely going to be playing in the Australian Summer League this year.
· Of course, one of the feel-good stories of the spring is Corey Koskie trying one more time to make a return. He is on Team Canada in hopes of getting one more shot with a big league club. Yahoo’s Gordon Eades wrote a nice article on him.
· Who needed Crede anyway? In the Twins spring training opener last night against the Red Sox, Brian Buscher started at 3B and went 2-2. Then Danny Valencia came in and also went 2-2!
· If you’re a big Twins fan and enjoy learning more about those minor leaguers who get into the spring training games in the late innings and want to learn more, be sure to purchase a copy or six of my book, Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook – 2009. (I haven’t shamelessly self-promoted it for a long time… well, not in a blog posting, just at the top of my page!!).
· And finally, spring training box scores are some of the coolest things in the world. Twins fans seem to enjoy following where former Twins players are playing, so I will try to give updates on former Twins in spring training. Here are players who played in games on Wednesday:
o Luis Castillo – NYM – 2B – 2-3, 2B, 4 RBI
o Chris Gomez – BAL – SS – 0-1, R
o Craig Monroe – PIT – DH – 0-1, 2 BB
o Javier Valentin – WASH – C – 0-3, RBI
o Randy Ruiz – TOR – PH – 0-0, BB
o Jacque Jones – CIN – DH – 1-2, R, K
o Darnell McDonald – CIN – PH – 0-0
o Jason Bartlett – TB – SS – 1-2
o AJ Pierzynski – CHW – C – 2-3, 2 RBI
o Sergio Santos – CHW – PH-DH – 0-1
o Michael Restovich – CHW – RF – 0-1
o Mike Lamb – MIL – PH – 0-1, K
o Danny Ardoin – LAD – C – 0-1
o Luis Maza – LAD – DH – 0-1
o Casey Blake – LAD – 3B – 1-2
o Doug Deeds – CHC – RF – 0-1
o Luis Rivas – CHC – 3B – 1-2
o Augie Ojeda – ARIZ – SS – 1-2, 2B, R, RBI
o Trent Oeltjen – ARIZ – LF – 1-3, RBI
o Gil Velazquez – BOS – 3B – 0-2
o Brian Bass – BAL – 2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 K, 1 WP
o Danny Graves – HOU – 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
o Eduardo Morlan – MIL – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R
o Eric Milton – LAD – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
o Carmen Cali – LAD – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
o Casey Daigle – TEX – 1 IP, 1 H
That is it for now. Again, be sure to check back later for details on tonight’s Twins Live Chat. For today, you will also want to review Aaron Gleeman’s chat from yesterday. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to put them in the comments, or e-mail me and I will try to get a response.