Tuesday Notes from Hammond: Pelfrey Pranks and Impending Roster Crunch
by, 03-25-2014 at 08:57 AM (382 Views)
The Twins have 29 listed on the roster as of this morning with the four cuts coming. Among those remaining, the team has 13 pitchers, 7 infielders, 6 outfielders and 3 catchers. At some point this week, four of those guys will be gone.
The obvious subtraction is the third catcher, Dan Rohlfing, which would leave Kurt Suzuki and Josmil Pinto as the pair of backstops heading to Chicago. The other position player moves may be interesting. Manager Ron Gardenhire has grown increasingly fond of Jason Bartlett and his versatility, giving the veteran every opportunity to secure a job. There is also some rumblings of concern of losing former first-round pick Chris Parmelee, so this may create the scenario of some outfield combination of Willingham, Hicks, Pressly and Parmelee/Kubel with Oswaldo Arcia returning to Rochester.
The Twins made a last second change prior to the game, having Mike Pelfrey -- who was scheduled to start yesterday then the minor league game this morning -- move to the major league game today. This will push the previous starter, Kyle Gibson, back in relief with Scott Diamond making an appearance as well. Diamond, who is out of options, is on the bubble and may be pitching to impress other teams as well (which may be why he is supposed to pitch the middle innings today rather than the end of the game). If there are takers, this would help in reducing the pitching total to 12.
Speaking of Pelfrey, the Twins clubhouse vibe this morning was pretty loose, considering that final cuts are right around the corner. Part of the reason is that this MLB Fan Cave video was released which showed Gardenhire and Glen Perkins pranking pitcher Mike Pelfrey -- and a vast majority of players were enjoying the video on a phone or tablet prior to the game. Twins PR maven, Dustin Morse, snapped a photo of Pelfrey watching the results of the prank this morning.
More to come this afternoon. Remember to follow TwinsDaily on twitter for all updates while Iím down here at camp.