Monroe said Sunday that the tightness he's been feeling is between his calf and ankle. He initially felt what he described as a "cramp" on Friday, the day after playing his first game in spikes.The outfielder has been doing some stretches to loosen the muscle, and Monroe said his leg felt better on Sunday. He even completed some agility work on the field with strength coach Perry Castellano. While Monroe feels he could be ready for game action as soon as Tuesday, Gardenhire said the club would likely wait longer. The Twins have two long bus trips to the St. Petersburg/Tampa area on both Tuesday and Wednesday, and the club would prefer not to have Monroe try to play after sitting for so long. "We can take our time here," Gardenhire said. "We know what the guy can do. He's anxious. But he'll get plenty of swings to get ready." Pitches working: Right-hander Livan Hernandez made his Twins debut on Sunday against what was a pretty stacked Red Sox starting lineup. Among the hitters that Hernandez had to face in his first spring start were David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez, Mike Lowell, J.D. Drew and Kevin Youkilis. Hernandez pitched well against the group, giving up just one run on two hits over his two innings. His lone run came on a solo home run by Lowell to lead off the second inning. "That was fun to watch," Gardenhire said of Hernandez's performance. "He moves the ball around, changes speed, has a nice feel for the game. He's not afraid to throw any pitch at any time. That's why we signed him." While Hernandez had success in his first outing, the right-hander said that he's not known for having tremendously strong springs. Of his 10 years in the big leagues, Hernandez said he could remember one or two where he actually pitched well. "Spring Training you just come and try to work on something," Hernandez said. "I'm working on throwing some sinkers in because I want to get my sinker back." Quotable: "This was a huge win. We took a deep shot right into their bow today. ... They've had enough champagne the last couple of years." -- Gardenhire, joking about picking up an 8-2 victory in the final of three straight games with the Red Sox and what it means to the two team's annual Mayor's Cup competition Up next: Left-hander Glen Perkins will make his first start of the spring on Monday in a 12:05 p.m. CT contest at Hammond Stadium against the Reds. Perkins gave up three runs on four hits over one inning on Thursday against Cincinnati. Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt is scheduled to start for the Reds. In their "B" game with the Red Sox across town on Monday morning, right-hander Jesse Crain will see his first game action since undergoing right shoulder surgery last May. Scott Baker will start that contest for the Twins, and he'll face off against Boston right-hander Josh Beckett.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.