Twins' game against O's canceled
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins' scheduled Grapefruit League game against the Orioles in Sarasota, Fla., on Monday night was canceled due to rain and will not be rescheduled.
With wet weather in the forecast in Sarasota, the Twins stayed back at the Lee County Sports Complex for batting and infield practice during the afternoon instead of making the nearly two-hour bus ride to Ed Smith Stadium.
Right-hander Vance Worley was scheduled to start against Baltimore on Monday night, but he will now start Tuesday night against the Rays at Hammond Stadium.
Right-hander Phil Hughes, who was scheduled to start against the Rays, will now pitch for Class A Fort Myers in a Minor League game on Tuesday, and is expected to throw roughly 75 pitches. Relievers Brian Duensing and Casey Fien are also scheduled to pitch in the Minor League game.
Right-hander Kyle Gibson is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla., with fellow right-hander Samuel Deduno also slated to pitch against St. Louis. Right-hander Mike Pelfrey will start in a Minor League game that day while closer Glen Perkins is also expected to pitch. Left-hander Scott Diamond will start Thursday against the Rays in Port Charlotte.
It allows Worley, Gibson, Deduno and Diamond a chance to see time in Grapefruit League games, as all four are competing for the fifth spot in the rotation.
"We're giving everyone an opportunity," Twins pitching coach Rick Anderson said. "It's a good problem to have."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire added that the club won't make a decision on the fifth starter until the end of camp, especially with Deduno, Diamond and Worley out of Minor League options.
"The longer you wait, the more teams get settled, so it makes it harder to lose people," Gardenhire said. "That's the way I look at it. We keep them here as long as we can and then make a decision on it."
Right-hander Kevin Correia also saw action in a Minor League game on Monday, giving up one unearned run in five innings of work for Triple-A Rochester.
"He pitched very well," Anderson said. "He looked good. We had a big breeze blowing out, so I told him to keep the ball down because groundballs can't get out. And he kept the ball down. I thought he did real well."
Shortstop Pedro Florimon, who had his appendix removed on Feb. 17, was also scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday but saw it pushed back due to the weather. He was able to participate in Monday's workout, and he will be in the starting lineup Tuesday.
"He's playing tomorrow," Gardenhire said. "He's champing at the bit. He was more ticked off than most. He wanted to play."