Twins Spring Training: Standouts, Injuries And Everything Else From The Preseason

Spring Training is underway in Fort Meyers, Fla., for the Minnesota Twins.

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Minnesota Twins Roster: How Four Relative Unknowns Unexpectedly Made It To Opening Day

With four unexpected names making the trip north with the Minnesota Twins in a few days, now is a good time to chronicle the circumstances that led to their rise. No roster decisions are made in a vacuum, especially on opening day, and these are no exception.

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Twins Officially Release Injury-Plagued Joel Zumaya

The Joel Zumaya saga has ended with a whimper in Minnesota. As reported by the Star Tribune on Wednesday morning, the Minnesota Twins have officially released the injury plagued right hander after he tore his UCL, ending his season before it began.

The Twins could always re-sign him next season but for this year he was dead weight on the roster as spring training started to wind down. After being released during yet another long injury, Zumaya might just decide to call it quits on his career, a long and frustrating but potential filled career. It's an incredibly sad potential ending to the 27 year old right handers time in MLB, having not pitched in a major league game at this point since 2010.

Zumaya was set to make $850 thousand with the Twins in 2012.

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Twins Opening Day Roster: Will Minnesota Break Spring Training With 14 Position Players?

The Minnesota Twins generally break camp with thirteen position players and twelve pitchers. The number of catchers and -- surprisingly -- the number of outfielders that go north will have a big affect on whether that tradition holds in 2012.

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Twins Vs. Rays Final Score: Minnesota Surges Late, Wins Spring Training Opener 7-3

The Minnesota Twins picked up a solid win in their first Spring Training outing, or as solid a win you can pick up in Spring Training. On Saturday, they hosted the Tampa Bay Rays at Hammond Stadium, and walked out with a 7-3 win. Carl Pavano got the start, as will be the case on opening day, and the Twins would go on to use multiple pitchers throughout. Pavano didn't have a great outing, surrendering three hits and two runs, both earned in two innings of play. He also gave up a homerun.

But the Twins locked it up from there, with Brian Duensing pitching two innings while allowing just one hit, with a strikeout. Matt Capps pitched an inning, and then it was Glen Perkins, getting the win as the Twins had a strong sixth inning, in which Ryan Doumit doubled in a fly ball to left field, which was followed by Sean Burroughs and Matt Carson walking to fill the bases with none out.

Mike Hollimon singled on a ground ball, which sent Wilkin Ramirez home, Burroughs to third and Carson to second. Joe Benson scored Burroughs on a sacrifice fly, and the inning came to a close when Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Drew Butera grounded out. They'd add insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, with Nishioka hitting a triple in the eighth, and scored by Chris Herrmann.

Nothing huge, but solid play all-around by the Twins to pick up their first win of spring training. Albert Suarez was the losing pitcher for the Rays, with the aforementioned Glen Perkins picking up the win. They've got a split squad game against the Rays once again on Sunday, and then they'll play the Red Sox on Monday.

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Minnesota Twins Spring Training: First Game Against The Tampa Bay Rays

The Minnesota Twins can officially put last season behind them with the start of Spring Training on Saturday afternoon. Minnesota hosts the Tampa Rays with the first pitch scheduled for 12:05.

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Joel Zumaya Injury: Elbow The Latest Ailment For New Minnesota Twins Reliever

It's not exactly news of the surprising sort, but the Joel Zumaya era is off to a familiar start. The newly-acquired reliever for the Minnesota Twins suffered an apparent elbow injury on Saturday as he faced batters for the first time in Spring Training.

Zumaya was scheduled for a practice session to face live batters for the first time in a Twins uniform, but after about 15 pitches against Drew Butera, he walked off the mound with head trainer Rick McWane. It's not guaranteed that it's an elbow injury or anything serious, but the Star Tribune reports that things could shake out that way.

Zumaya appeared frustrated in the clubhouse and declined to speak with reporters. Zumaya has had two surgeries on his elbow since fracturing it during a game at Target Field in 2010.

Zumaya's had a terrible history with arm injuries, but the weirdest had to be the much-talked about Guitar Hero incident a few seasons ago. Hopefully Saturday's injury won't be as bad.

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Could Justin Morneau Be Forced To Retire If Concussion Symptoms Continue?

Justin Morneau hinted Friday at the possibility of retirement if he's unable to overcome the concussion symptoms that have plagued the Minnesota Twins first baseman the past few seasons.

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Minnesota Twins Announce 'Special Instructors' And Camp Invites For Spring Training

The Minnesota Twins announced that they will have 25 extra players that aren't currently on the roster in training camp when Spring Training opens up in Fort Meyers, Fla., next month. There aren't a lot of big name prospects, but the most familiar faces are probably going to be the special instructors in Florida to help out.

Twins announced Eddie Guardado, Tom Kelly, Tony Oliva, Paul Molitor, Rod Carew, Jim Kaat and Terry Steinbach will all be in Fort Meyers when training camp kicks off on Feb. 18 to help coach the following prospects:

There will be 10 non-roster pitchers, including left-hander Phil Dumatrait, who split the 2011 season between Minnesota and Triple-A Rochester. Other pitchers include Jason Bulger, Jared Burton, Samuel Deduno, Casey Fien, Luis Perdomo, Daryl Thompson, P.J. Walters and Brendan Wise.

The five catchers who will be in camp are prospects Chris Herrmann, Daniel Rohlfing and Danny Lehmann, former Astros catcher J.R. Towles and 2011 Twins backstop Rene Rivera.

The seven infielders are Aaron Bates, Sean Burroughs, Ray Chang, Brian Dozier, Pedro Florimon Jr., Mike Hollimon and Steve Pearce.

Among the three outfielders invited are Matt Carson, Brian Dinkelman and Wilkin Ramirez.

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