I ran down to the clubhouse after the first game to hear Gardy lament the poor defensive plays and lack of clutch hitting. Then I went out into the clubhouse and got a nice surprise.
Francisco Liriano, Glen Perkins and Jesse Crain – nearly 30 percent of the Twins 2008 pitching staff next season, maybe – were in the clubhouse.
Liriano, coming back from Tommy John surgery, looks really good. I heard some rumors that he had gained weight, but I couldn’t tell. Come to think about it, how can you add blubber if you’re working out every day during the summer in Fort Myers, Fla.?
As of now, the Twins hope Liriano can get back on the mound by Nov. 1.
I’m not sure why Perkins is here. He had two disastrous rehab stints at Class AA New Britain and he’s not close to being able to help out the team. Maybe the club will have him work out in the bullpen, throw a couple of simulated games and see if he can get a few innings in during September.
Crain, coming back from surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff, is making steady progress and wants to be back for the start of 2008. If he pulls that off, it will be a near-miracle.
Both Liriano and Crain won’t know what they have, stuffwise and velo wise, until they climb on a mound. It’s still good to see them and it gets you thinking about 2008 even more.
Joe Mauer is on the field, playing catch. Don’t know what that means, but at least he’s not longer hanging out in the trainer’s room…and now Mauer has grabbed a bat and looks headed to the cage for some swings…