Saturday, February 27, 2010

No news is good news

The Twins pitchers and catchers have been in camp almost a week, and the biggest development has been no development.

As in no pitchers tossing a few balls and clutching their elbows.

Oh, Loek Van Mil, the 7-foot-1 Dutch pitcher who finished last season in Double A, has some shoulder tenderness and is being held back a bit. And Kevin Slowey (above) figures his wrist is never going to feel exactly the same now that it has two screws inserted into it. But that's about it.

Last spring Pat Neshek didn't even make it to camp, and Boof Bonser was barely there before he needed surgery. And before the season started, Scott Baker was on the shelf.

And that's rather the norm for pitchers. There's a reason for the old adage about how you never have too much pitching. They get hurt.

But it's a plus that they're not coming to camp hurt this spring.

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