PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- As rain continued to patter down on the field at Charlotte Sports Park Saturday, March 16, and the Tampa Bay starting pitcher and catcher had begun to take the field, manager Rocco Baldelli headed out of the third-base dugout to again confer with the umpires near home plate.
A few minutes later, a tarp was being pulled onto the field and the game was called. The Minnesota Twins were soon back on their way down south to Fort Myers.
“During spring training you hope that you don’t actually have to get on the bus and head to the game,” Baldelli said. “But it does happen, and we’ll adjust and find our at-bats and our innings for our guys.”
Starting pitcher Kyle Gibson was still able to get his work in in Port Charlotte, throwing to catcher Willians Astudillo with pitching coach Wes Johnson looking on.
“Right now I think it’s about just getting Gibby to work his body and get moving, and I think it’s more about the taxing of the body and the arm than anything else,” Baldelli said. “You’re not going to be able to simulate enough in a cage-type situation to accomplish much else, I think, besides that. But we’ll deal.”
The rest of the team headed back to their facility to shower and head home, ending their day of work a bit early.
If needed, the Twins can get guys some extra work on the minor league side over the next few days in addition to the major league innings to make up for Saturday.
“I think our guys have had plenty of work over the course of the spring, and I don’t think we need to keep them there just for the sake of keeping them there,” Baldelli said. “We’ll show up tomorrow and get ready for tomorrow.”
Twins make cuts
The Twins made another pair of cuts on Saturday, optioning right-hander Tyler Duffey to Triple-A Rochester and reassigning pitcher Chase De Jong to minor league camp. With the cuts, the Twins now have 44 players left in camp, including 13 non-roster invitees.
De Jong, who was moved off the 40-man roster to make room for Martin Perez this offseason, had a 10.45 earned-run average in five games this spring. Duffey had a 7.04 ERA in seven games this spring.
“Tyler has used this camp in a lot of ways to learn a lot of different things, make a lot of really nice adjustments. I was really pleased with his camp,” Baldelli said. “He has taken to some different ideas and approaches that we think are really going to help him become the pitcher that he’s going to be.”
Gabriel Moya, who has been dealing with a shoulder issue, is not currently throwing. The reliever has pitched in just one game this spring.
“It’s probably going to be a few days before he’s going to be reassessed,” Baldelli said. “I would say it’s going to be days, and then we’ll have a better feel for the next step for him.”