SARASOTA, Fla. -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he anticipates making roster cuts on Saturday, and that infielder Matt Brown was reassigned to Minor League camp prior to Friday's game against the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.
"He was supposed to be on the trip but he got sent out," Gardenhire said.
Brown, 28, hit .304/.346/.435 with three RBIs and two runs scored in 17 games with the Twins in Grapefruit League play. He last played in the Majors in 2008 with the Angels, when he had one hit in 19 at-bats.
Morneau has no issues during first night game
SARASOTA, Fla. -- First baseman Justin Morneau made his first appearance in a night game this spring in the Twins' 3-2 win against the Orioles on Friday, and he reported no problems after going 0-for-3 with a walk.
Morneau said playing in a night game wasn't a necessary step in his return from last year's concussion, but that he was just curious to see how he'd feel.
"I just wanted to see how it was," said Morneau, who hopes to serve as designated hitter against the Rays on Saturday.
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"It's just different. For the most part, the stuff has come on later in the day. So I wanted to see, because we usually play night games during the season, I wanted to see where I was at, and I felt pretty good."
So while Morneau remains hitless in four Grapefruit League games, he drew a walk in his third at-bat and beat Nick Markakis in a race to first base to record an out in the sixth inning.
He said he's continuing to make progress and is almost to the point where the symptoms are a non-factor.
"There are still times up there when it creeps into my mind," Morneau said. "Especially because every time I reach first, the umpire asks me how I feel. But besides that, I try not to think about it."
Discomfort in foot keeps Cuddyer from running
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer attempted to run the bases on Thursday in the hopes of playing in a Minor League game on Friday, but he experienced discomfort and is day to day.
"It's not a setback," said Cuddyer, who had a wart removed from his left foot on March 1. "It just didn't feel right."
Cuddyer has been taking swings in anticipation of his return, and he's just waiting for his foot to feel well enough to run the bases.
"He's still having some issues around that part in his foot that won't allow him to run," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He does his swinging and gets by with it, but still has some sore points. So we'll keep waiting for him or figure out something to put in his shoe to soften the pounding. But nothing's worked yet."
Gardenhire said he'd like to see Cuddyer return soon, but also said he wasn't sure how much time Cuddyer will need to get ready for Opening Day.
"I wish I had an answer," Gardenhire said. "Everybody's different."
Nathan to start increasing workload in camp
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Right-hander Joe Nathan pitched the seventh inning in Friday night's 3-2 win against the Orioles to mark the first time this spring he's thrown on just one day of rest.
Nathan allowed an unearned run on one hit in his inning of work, with Mark Reynolds reaching on a throwing error from third baseman Steve Singleton and scoring on a double from Luke Scott.
It's all part of the buildup for Nathan, who missed last year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, as the club still wants to see him at full strength before deciding whether he'll be the closer to start the season.
"We still haven't gone back-to-back days or two innings yet," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So we're just gauging how he looks and what he feels. But we'll get him out there for two innings and back to back before this thing ends. And then we'll see how he feels."