By Joe Christensen
FORT MYERS — Twins center fielder Carlos Gomez said he’ll be back in the lineup no later than Saturday after being scratched from today’s game with soreness behind his left knee.
Gomez left Wednesday’s game with cramping in his left hamstring and talked his way into making Thursday’s trip to Sarasota to play the Reds. He took batting practice and Gardenhire had him in the lineup before Gomez reluctantly told him he had lingering soreness in the leg.
“Maybe play him tomorrow or the next day,” Manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He’s got soreness in there. Silly to run out there right now.”
(*) Former Twins outfield prospect Alex Romero beat out Trot Nixon for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ final roster spot today. Romero hit .333 this spring after batting .310 last year for Class AAA Tucson. The Twins lost Romero on waivers in January 2007.
(*) Gardenhire confirmed that the team is considering letting Nick Blackburn start the third game of the season, which would push Kevin Slowey into the No. 4 slot, but Gardenhire said that was one of several ideas being tossed around. A lot hinges on Friday’s start for Francisco Liriano.
(*) After Livan Hernandez told us he successfully kicked a ball to first base for an out last year with Arizona, I went searching for details and found none on the Internet. Hernandez said it was a regular season game, and that he kicked the ball to Tony Clark.
Sure enough, Clark, now with the Padres, responded to an e-mail to East Valley (Ariz.) Tribune writer Jack Magruder with the following:
I think I remember him rolling it to me. I don’t recall whether he batted it with his glove or kicked it, but he did roll it to me!
Be well… TC
(*) Apparently, there is video of Livan’s kick. A Fort Myers TV station has it, I think, but it wasn’t zoomed enough apparently and doesn’t do it justice.
I typed the words “Livan Hernandez” into YouTube, and all I found were clips of the Twins’ Opening Night starter giving up home runs. There’s Hideki Matsui, Barry Bonds’ 750th, etc.
UPDATE: Hat tip to Jared for linking to footage of The Livan Kick at the end of this sportscast from Sioux Falls, S.D.