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Grossman nears return to spring action

Twins outfielder has been out since March 19 with groin strain
March 27, 2017

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman, out since March 19 with a right groin strain, participated in a full workout on Monday and will play in a Minor League game on Tuesday before returning to Grapefruit League play on Wednesday.Grossman is expected to be the club's fourth outfielder this

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Twins outfielder Robbie Grossman, out since March 19 with a right groin strain, participated in a full workout on Monday and will play in a Minor League game on Tuesday before returning to Grapefruit League play on Wednesday.
Grossman is expected to be the club's fourth outfielder this season, and the Twins expect him to be ready for Opening Day on April 3. Grossman figures to see most of his time against left-handed pitching this season, playing in left field and occasionally serving as the designated hitter.
The 27-year-old has never been on the disabled list in his four-year Major League career, and barring a setback, he will continue that streak. Twins manager Paul Molitor is encouraged by Grossman's progress.
"He had a really good day with full activity," Molitor said. "He'll probably get a couple innings on defense, and probably get five or six at-bats. And then we'll reinsert him if everything goes well on Wednesday."
Designated hitter Kennys Vargas, who fouled a ball off his left foot on Friday, took batting practice and ground balls at first base on Monday. But he's still not close to ready for game action, which all but confirms that ByungHo Park will be the club's Opening Day DH.
"Vargas hit a little bit today and took some grounders, but they were right at him," Molitor said. "It doesn't seem like he's close to being ready for a game. He's a lot better, but we'll see the next step."

Worth noting
• Infielder Ehire Adrianza remains sidelined with a strained right oblique and isn't ready to start baseball activities. He remains a candidate to open the regular season on the DL.
• Left-hander Ryan O'Rourke is making progress with his strained flexor mass muscle, but he has yet to start his throwing program. He's expected to start the season on the DL.
• Former Twins bullpen coach Rick Stelmaszek, who spent 32 years on the coaching staff, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. The Twins also plan to honor Minor League pitcher Yorman Landa, who died in a car accident in Venezuela in the offseason. The Twins will wear a special patch honoring Landa on Opening Day.

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