Nolasco says he can feel a noticeable improvement with his elbow in bullpen sessions this spring compared to last year's injury-plagued season, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "It's been good these last couple weeks, just kind of toning things up a little bit, being able to let things go a tad bit more (with) a little more extension," Nolasco said.
Thorpe, coming off a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his left (throwing) elbow, didn't pitch in winter ball and the Twins are hopeful an offseason of rest will correct the issue, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. “Right now we’re expecting him to break (camp)," said Brad Steil, Twins director of minor league operations. "Depending on the throwing program and the point we get him back on the mound, we are hoping he'll break with the club."
Stauffer will compete with Alex Meyer, Tommy Milone, Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May for the fifth starter role this spring. "If he can’t handle it, then he goes to the bullpen," GM Terry Ryan told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Meyer is a candidate to make the bullpen if he doesn't win the fifth starter role this spring, GM Terry Ryan told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "He ought to force himself on this club just by getting the job done in spring camp," Ryan said.
Sano (elbow) is on track to have have a regular spring training with no major restrictions, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "He's doing pretty much everything," said Brad Steil, Twins director of minor league operations. "I don't know if (Twins trainers) are going to watch how much activity he has in the first few days; sometimes guys get in there and air it out and overdo it."
Shibuya (elbow), who had his 2014 season end in July due a partially torn ligament in his throwing elbow, threw off a mound last week for the first time since the injury, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.