Twins Cut Five Players

Posted on March 27th, 2009 – 8:17 AM
By La Velle

Outfielder Jason Pridie was optioned to Class AAA Rochester on Friday.

Lefthander, Sean Henn, righthander Bobby Keppel, infielder Brock Peterson and outfielder David Winfree, all who aren’t on the 40-man roster, have been reassigned to the minor league camp.

That leaves the Twins with 34 active players – but that includes the soon-to-be-placed-on-the-disabled list Boof Bonser and Joe Mauer. So the Twins need to cut eight players before breaking camp.

Jose Mijares survived the cut. I wouldn’t have been surprised if he had been optioned but, this way, he can keep working with Rick Anderson.

Mauer update: Heard that Joe Mauer might have caught in the bullpen yesterday. Still looking into that. He did appear in the clubhouse this morning to grab a glove to go play a little catch.

It just so happened that Joe C. and I were scheming while standing in front of Mauer’s stall when he came out of nowhere.

“What, are you guys staking me out?” he asked.

“No,” I replied, “but I could say that Joe and I usually stand in the areas of the clubhouse where there’s never anyone around.”

Mauer (laughing): “That’s means I’m somewhere working.”

Then off Mauer went. To work.

Lineups

Rays

1. Akinori Iwamura, 2B
2. Carl Crawford, LF
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Pat Burrell, RF
5. Matt Joyce, DH
6. Gabe Kapler, CF
7. Shawn Riggans, C
8. Morgan Ensberg, 1B
9. Jason Bartlett, SS

Pitching: James Shields

Twins

1. Denard Span, LF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Crede, 3B
4. Justin Morneau, 1B
5. Jason Kubel, DH
6. Michael Cuddyer, RF
7. Carlos Gomez, CF
8. Jose Morales, C
9. Nick Punto, SS

Pitching: Scott Baker

Others scheduled: Craig Breslow, Brian Duensing, Matt Guerrier

Extra pitchers: Anthony Slama, Zach Ward

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