But the outing came against an arguably tougher opponent, with the Red Sox rolling out their Opening Day lineup for the final contest that saw the Mayor's Cup on the line. And after facing a tough group like the one he saw Wednesday, Santana said that he feels he's ready to go for Opening Day -- which is what he had hoped would arise from the night."That's what you're looking for," he said. "You're working on your stamina and your endurance. ... I feel that all my pitches are coming out of my hand pretty good. My mechanics and my release point [are] fine. When you go against a team like that, it's tougher, but that's the way it is. That's the way it's going to be after April 2."
Missing an option: The Twins will be without infielder Alejandro Machado for possibly the entire season after Machado underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.Machado traveled to Birmingham, Ala., to visit orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, and surgery was performed on the shoulder Tuesday. He's expected to miss between four and six months. Machado will remain in Florida for his rehabilitation once the team leaves for Minnesota. Improving prognosis: Third baseman Nick Punto continues his progress toward being ready for Opening Day. Punto took batting practice Wednesday and will not travel with the club Thursday. Instead, he will stay behind to get in some more swings before taking part in a Minor League game Friday. As long as everything goes well with that start, Punto is slated to play in Saturday's game against Pittsburgh at Hammond Stadium. "He should be on line to leave with us," Gardenhire said. Coming up: The Twins will travel to Sarasota to take on the Reds in a 6:05 p.m. CT contest Thursday. Right-hander Carlos Silva will get the start for Minnesota as he faces off against Reds right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.