"For Jonesy to get to the big leagues, he needs to play the outfield," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's starting to swing the bat, he's starting to understand the strike zone and all those things. But to play up here on a consistent basis, he needs to play the outfield."Machado, a middle infielder, is expected to battle for one of the open bench spots. He would provide the club with the backup shortstop it lacked last season, when Jason Bartlett was forced to start 99 straight games after being called up. But with a limited number of spots available off the bench, especially if the club decides to take 12 pitchers, Machado's ability to play the outfield is something the Twins could see as an advantage. One lefty, two lefty: There has been a lot of talk about the need to add another lefty to the Twins bullpen, but one person who isn't concerned about whether that happens is Dennys Reyes. The team's lone lefty out of the bullpen, Reyes certainly saw his share of work in '06 as he appeared in 66 games (the most of his career) while amassing a team-low 0.89 ERA. The concern from Gardenhire and the other coaches has been that Reyes was worn out by the end of the season, but the man nicknamed the "Big Sweat" said it wasn't anything truly worrisome. "I was a little bit tired, but it was not like I hit a wall," Reyes said. "I think it would help if the team had another lefty, but Gardy said he's going to take the best pitchers. He has a history of making good decisions, so whether they bring in another one or not, I'm going to be there for them every day." Only a day away: Another day passed without pitcher Ramon Ortiz in camp, but the pitcher finally arrived at the team's practice facility late Friday afternoon. The right-hander is expected to be in uniform for Saturday's first full-squad workout. Twins tidbits: Friday marked the mandatory reporting date for all position players, and it appeared that by mid-morning almost all 59 players expected to be in camp were in attendance. The players missing, besides Ortiz, were infielders Alexi Casilla and Gil Velazquez. ... Josh Rabe's back problem has improved and the outfielder is expected to take part in Saturday's workout. ... Many of the Twins took part in the annual Lee Cancer Care Golf outing on Thursday afternoon at the Verandah Club. The event is hosted by former Twins pitcher and current television broadcaster Bert Blyleven. Quotable: "I think we have to just X-out last year. We can't worry about what happened. But still, you want them to have a piece of that in their mind about how we played. You want that hunger to carry over to this year. I don't like to talk about last year, last year, last year. Well, that's over. That won't help us one bit this year. But the memory of stinking in the playoffs, maybe we can use that to our advantage a little bit." -- Gardenhire, on using the 3-0 sweep by Oakland in the playoffs as motivation in '07
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.