Pinto progressing, remains day to day

Pinto progressing, remains day to day

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins catcher Josmil Pinto said he's making progress with his strained right quad, but he remains day to day.

Pinto, who suffered the injury during a baserunning drill last week, remains the only Twins position player yet to appear in a game this spring. But he's getting closer to making his debut, as he took batting practice and also caught a bullpen from Trevor May on Sunday. Pinto could also first see action at designated hitter to ease his way back.

"I feel better," Pinto said. "I practiced a little bit yesterday, and I practiced again today with some more things."

Pinto, 25, is competing for the backup catcher role with Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer. Twins general manager Terry Ryan noted the injury shouldn't have any bearing on the competition for that spot because Pinto isn't expected to miss much time.

"It's not very serious," Pinto said.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.