By Joe Christensen
FORT MYERS, FLA. — The Twins didn’t feel Chad Cordero had shown enough progress in his comeback from last July’s right shoulder surgery and took a pass, as the former Washington Nationals closer signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners last night.
Cordero is going to need time to rehab the shoulder, and scouts have yet to see his fastball push much past 80 miles per hour.
As I wrote for today’s paper, the Twins are excited about Jesse Crain, who has looked very good this spring in his second year removed from shoulder surgery.
Between Crain, Luis Ayala, Matt Guerrier and Jose Mijares (who still could face a stint in Class AAA) they feel like their late-inning setup corps should be better.
Note: The Twins play a night game against the Reds tonight, so it’ll be mid-afternoon before we have the lineups.