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Soreness in shoulder sidelines Gonsalves

March 8, 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Top pitching prospect Stephen Gonsalves was set to pitch against his Twins teammates for Team USA in their exhibition game at Hammond Stadium on Wednesday, but he was scratched due to minor soreness in the back of his shoulder.Gonsalves, ranked as MLBPipeline.com's No. 92 overall prospect,

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Top pitching prospect Stephen Gonsalves was set to pitch against his Twins teammates for Team USA in their exhibition game at Hammond Stadium on Wednesday, but he was scratched due to minor soreness in the back of his shoulder.
Gonsalves, ranked as MLBPipeline.com's No. 92 overall prospect, is dealing with a similar injury that shelved him during the Arizona Fall League. But this is considered less serious and won't require an MRI; Gonsalves is considered day to day and is expected to play catch soon to test the shoulder. He has yet to allow a run in 3 1/3 innings this spring.
"He feels OK," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "He said he could throw, but we're just making sure before we put him in a game. We're just being cautious."
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Although Gonsalves didn't get to play for Team USA, Twins Minor Leaguers D.J. Baxendale, Drew Rucinski, Alex Wimmers and Aaron Slegers all pitched, with Alex English seeing action in center and Levi Michael playing second base.

"It's something that they won't forget," Molitor said. "Looking around, sitting in the dugout with some pretty prominent people. Just putting that uniform on. In 1975 I had that privilege, and it's pretty special."

Worth noting
• Left-handed reliever Mason Melotakis, who was slowed early in camp by a strained oblique, is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session against hitters on Thursday, but Molitor said it's "fairly reasonable" that he won't pitch in a game before being sent to Minor League camp.
• Second baseman James Dozier returned to the lineup after missing Monday's game to attend his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi.

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