Thursday, March 22, 2012

Five more cuts

Phil Dumatrait
has been dealing
with some shoulder
soreness of late.
The Twins on Thursday sent five non-roster invitees to the minor league camp. Nothing much here; Phil Dumatrait was the most prominent name.

The removal of Dumatrait and Terry Doyle doesn't really change COPOP, but it does eliminate the two "other contenders" I had listed for the MR4/L2 job. I will now change it to MR4, since Matt Maloney is the only lefty candidate left. For the sake of acknowledging that they're still in camp and that Maloney is merely leading, not a lock, I will put a couple of previously unlisted pitchers in the parentheses, not that I think either has much chance. A loser in the MR3 category is a better bet should Maloney slip.

Closer: Matt Capps
Setup 1: Glen Perkins
Setup 2/MR 1: Jared Burton (Alex Burnett, Casey Fien)
LOOGY 1/MR2?: Brian Duensing
MR 3: (Jeff Manship, Kyle Waldrop, Burnett)
MR 4: Matt Maloney (Jeff Gray, Brendan Wise)
Long man: Anthony Swarzak

Burton, Fien and Wise are the three remaining non-roster pitchers in camp. 

Thirty-nine players remain, so there are 14 cuts still to come. At least 14; if the Twins pick up an infielder on waivers, and I think they will, there will be a corresponding departure.

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