It's the speed that concerns Kevin Correia the most about his first start of the spring on Saturday, and not the speed of his pitches.
"You want to get out there and get caught up to game speed. You can do bullpens and live batting practice, but it's not really the same until you go out there," said Correia, the Twins' most costly free-agent acquisition of the offseason. "So I'll try to get some quicker outs. You don't want to have a long inning the first time you go out there."
The Twins will make sure nobody does. The plan for their exhibition opener vs. the Orioles in Sarasota is a two-inning limit, with no pitcher throwing more than 20 pitches in an inning. Luis Perdomo, Ryan Pressly, Anthony Slama, Tyler Robertson, Josh Roenicke and Tim Wood are among the other pitchers who could see action.
Most players left behind in Fort Myers, notably Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, will make their spring debut Sunday at home against the Rays.
Correia's results, or anyone else's, aren't what matter for now, manager Ron Gardenhire said. The goal for his starter? "Just go out and get his work in. Not overthrow the ball. Pitch to contact, and get a couple of innings in," Gardenhire said. "Work on the process of [building] arm strength."
With a 35-game exhibition schedule about to get under way, Gardenhire cut Friday's workout short, giving the players the afternoon off.
Correia hopes for quick spring debut
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Feb 23