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First roster cuts on agenda for Molitor, staff

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JUPITER, Fla. -- The first wave of cuts is next week, and Twins manager Paul Molitor doesn't anticipate it being an exceedingly long list.

"I don't expect it to be a huge wave," Molitor said. "Obviously you're looking at your ability to protect 40-man guys that might not be, at least as of yet, not quite in the mix to consider."

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JUPITER, Fla. -- The first wave of cuts is next week, and Twins manager Paul Molitor doesn't anticipate it being an exceedingly long list.

"I don't expect it to be a huge wave," Molitor said. "Obviously you're looking at your ability to protect 40-man guys that might not be, at least as of yet, not quite in the mix to consider."

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The names that might appear on that list are still to be determined. Molitor said there would be a meeting of the minds this weekend to discuss it.

"We're going to talk on Sunday as a staff to kind of make sure we're on the same page as to what moves we're going to make over Monday and Tuesday," he said.

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Molitor said that he feels confident in the fact that he's seen enough during Spring Training to make a fair determination.

"I think I've gotten a pretty good look," Molitor said. "For the most part, I think as far as being able to do some things here, at least trim a little bit, we'll probably do the right thing.

The Twins opened camp with 62 players, including 22 non-roster invitees. The group includes 31 pitchers and 16 infielders, with nine outfielders and six catchers. That number will dwindle next week.

"[Cuts] are not easy," Molitor said. "My gut tells me we're going to have some very tough ones as we get closer to 25-man. But we'll go through the stages to get to that point."

Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com

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