More than just a pain: The Twins have grown increasingly concerned with Matt Garza's neck pain and have scheduled an appointment for the pitcher to see a neurologist.The right-hander was taken out of his outing against the Devil Rays on Monday after throwing to just two hitters due to the pain hindering his pitching motion. Garza underwent a CT scan last week to try and find out the cause of the problem, but nothing was discovered. The right-hander has been waking up every morning with slight headaches and said that he feels the stiffness constantly. Garza likely will undergo an MRI in the coming days, and Gardenhire said the club will wait to find a cause before allowing him to get back on the mound. "When you see something like that, it's not something you want to deal with," Gardenhire said of Garza's awkward pitching motion on Monday. "We want to make sure he's healthy." Injuries 101: Lew Ford continues to make progress with his sore right knee. Ford said that he was able to swing and do some running again Tuesday. He's still experiencing some stiffness, but said that he expects to progress to running the bases possibly as early as Wednesday. Luis Castillo (sore back) is expected to be back in the Twins lineup for Thursday's split-squad game against the Red Sox. Castillo has missed four straight games due to the ailment. Alejandro Machado (tight shoulder) will not throw for at least four to five days after receiving a cortisone shot in his right shoulder. An MRI on the shoulder revealed that it was extremely tight, so the plan is to have Machado complete a program of stretching and plenty of exercises to help loosen it before he's back throwing. Jeff Cirillo (stiff neck) remains day-to-day, but likely will not be available until after the weekend. Cirillo has yet to start swinging, and will have to do so for a few days before he will be ready for game action. Agent alert: Justin Morneau's agent, Mark Pieper, was scheduled to arrive in Fort Myers on Tuesday for his annual spring visit with his client. But also on his agenda could be a meeting with Twins general manager Terry Ryan. Morneau has talked recently about his interest in reopening talks for a multi-year deal after he and the team agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract to avoid arbitration this offseason. The first baseman said that he asked his agent to schedule the meeting, and has hopes that something can be completed. "I think both sides are open to talking," Morneau said. Ryan has refused to comment on contract talks this spring, and Morneau also would not get into specifics about a possible deal. Twins tidbits: Sidney Ponson will see his first Grapefruit League action on Friday against the Dodgers in Vero Beach. Ponson will back up Carlos Silva, who is scheduled to start. ... Third baseman Nick Punto is 1-for-14 (.071) this spring in Grapefruit League games. ... Ortiz ran for nearly 30 minutes following his start and said that running is a daily ritual for him. On the day after he pitches, Ortiz takes an hour-long run and credits it with helping keep his stamina up during games.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less