Minnesota Twins pitcher Tommy Milone talks in this MLB.com video about throwing a simulated game after his scheduled start against the Pirates was rained out last Saturday. Twins manager Paul Molitor and bench coach Joe Vavra stood in as batters as Milone tossed 75 pitches.
The Twins were hoping to use Saturday’s game to get a look at lefty options for the bullpen, but rain soaked that idea, too, as LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune explains:
The travel roster for Saturday’s game included four lefthanded relievers: Buddy Boshers, Logan Darnell, Dan Runzler and Taylor Rogers. The chance each pitcher has of making the team varies.
Indications remain that the Twins will have at least one lefthanded set-up man to help bridge the late innings to closer Glen Perkins. Fernando Abadentered camp as the frontrunner, and he has given up only one earned run over 5⅓ innings to justify that position.
Twins pitching coach Neil Allen said he is still open to anything — one lefthander to set up, two or none. He would like to settle on his bullpen with four or five games left in spring training, so this is another area to watch over the next week.
“We’re just looking to see who can prove to be consistent day in and day out,” Allen said.
Saturday could have been a day to look at a few lefthanded candidates, but the rain spoiled it.
“We’ve talked about [looking at] some of the guys in the mix pitching on the same day,” Molitor said, “but it doesn’t always work out that way.”