Escobar will move to a utility role with Danny Santana named Minnesota's starting shortstop. He could also get spot starts in left field against tough left-handed pitchers, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
May gave up four runs over 4.2 innings, including two home runs, with two strikeouts and one walk in Friday's spring training loss to Pittsburgh. With his poor start, it appears Tommy Milone is the favorite to win the fifth starter role, MLB.com reports.
The Twins will announce their fifth starter Saturday, with the candidates being Milone, Mike Pelfrey, and Trevor May, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Milone appears to be the favorite after May struggled in a start Friday, MLB.com reports.
Hicks went 1-for-2 in Thursday's spring training loss to Tampa Bay to raise his average to .226. Twins manager Paul Molitor reversed course and said a platoon between Hicks and Jordan Schafer in center field remains a possibility, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.