Still working: If the Twins didn't have enough to worry about on the pitching front with Silva struggling, the team got another less than ideal performance when Ramon Ortiz got knocked around in his start Sunday.Ortiz sailed through the early part of spring, racking up a 0.75 ERA through four starts. But on Sunday, Ortiz allowed six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. Five of those runs came courtesy of three homers that the right-hander gave up on the day, including two to Phillies second baseman Chase Utley. "In this ballpark, the ball has a tendency to fly pretty good here," Gardenhire said. "He made a couple mistakes with his slider, not getting it toward the dirt when he got ahead." Still, Gardenhire was pleased with Ortiz's ability to get his work in and stretch out for a total of 80 pitches. Ortiz also felt that he was on track for his first start of the season. And despite some of the recent rough outings from the starting staff, the skipper is trying not to read too much into the performances right now. "Our staff last year was lights-out coming out of Spring Training, and look how we started," Gardenhire said, referring to the rotation's 7.21 ERA in April last year. "I'm trying not to put as much stock into it as I did. I just want to see guys going in with confidence." Injury update: The Twins' long list of injuries may not be dwindling quite yet, but there was progress to report Sunday. Just three days after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left fibula, catcher Joe Mauer was able to take part in some light activity Sunday and completed a little bit of work in the field. Gardenhire expects Mauer to be available as soon as Wednesday's game. Earlier in the day Sunday, Gardenhire admitted that he was a tad worried about Nick Punto's sore groin and how it might affect the third baseman's ability to start the season. But the skipper felt much better following the club's 10-2 loss, when he received a report that Punto was feeling much better when he arrived at the ballpark in Fort Myers on Sunday morning and was able to hit in the cage. The hope is that Punto also could be available Wednesday. Jason Bartlett was also reported to be doing fine Sunday after bruising two fingers on his right hand when he was hit by a line drive in Saturday's game vs. the Pirates. Expectations are still that Bartlett could be ready to play Monday. Coming up: The Twins will host the Orioles on Monday for the two teams' last meeting before Opening Day. Right-hander Sidney Ponson will get the start for Minnesota in the 12:05 p.m. CT contest as he faces Baltimore lefty Adam Loewen.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.