SARASOTA, Fla. -- Twins general manager Terry Ryan gave several injury updates prior to Tuesday's game against the Orioles at Ed Smith Stadium.
Infielder Sean Burroughs, who was struck on the left forearm by a pitch in Monday's game against the Rays, experienced soreness on Tuesday and was scheduled to have an X-ray taken.
Outfielder Trevor Plouffe, who suffered a strained right hamstring on March 18, made it through his workout without incident on Tuesday. He remains on track to play in a Minor League game on Wednesday.
Left fielder Josh Willingham is fine after tweaking his ankle prior to Monday's game against the Rays. He wasn't in the lineup against the Orioles, but could return to action as early as Wednesday against the Phillies.
There's still no timetable for right-hander Jason Marquis making his return to Twins camp, as he's still tending to his 7-year-old daughter, who was seriously injured in a bicycle accident last week. But Ryan said that Marquis will likely pitch in a Minor League game when he gets back, as he's been throwing bullpens back home in New York.
Additionally, right-hander Carl Pavano tossed six innings in a Minor League game on Tuesday at the club's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers. Pavano allowed one hit and walked one while striking out six over six scoreless frames against the Orioles' Class-A Frederick affiliate. Ryan Doumit also went 1-for-2 with a walk in that game.
Hughes continues to build case for roster spot
SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Twins continue to be impressed by Luke Hughes, who is putting together a solid spring at the plate in his attempt to make the club as a backup infielder.
Hughes, who is out of Minor League options, hit his club-leading fifth double of the spring on Tuesday against the Orioles. He also leads the Twins with four home runs and 15 RBIs in 17 games.
It's been even more impressive considering he battled through a sprained shoulder early in camp after injuring it in a home-plate collision in his native Australia in early February.
"That set him back a ways, but he's catching up pretty good," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He played all winter, too, so I expected him to be hitting. Even though he had a little bit of a setback with the arm, you expect him to get the swings because he's been playing all winter over there in Aussie ball. But it doesn't matter if you're just ahead, you've still gotta hit it and he's been killing it. That's called coming out and trying to make a ballclub, and he's done a very good job of that."
Strong start locks up roster spot for Swarzak
SARASOTA, Fla. -- After right-hander Anthony Swarzak held the Orioles hitless over 3 2/3 innings in his first start of the spring on Tuesday, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced Swarzak will be on the Opening Day roster.
It marks the first time that Swarzak has made the club out of Spring Training, as he didn't get called up until late April last year. But he fared well as a spot starter and long reliever last season, posting a 4.32 ERA in 102 innings.
"Swarzak's on the team," Gardenhire said. "He's going to be one of our pitchers, that's a pretty easy one. I like Swarzy an awful lot."
Even though Swarzak didn't allow a hit against the Orioles, he still came away from the outing disappointed that he walked three batters with two outs, including the last batters he faced in the fourth inning.
"That's not good," said Swarzak, who has a 3.86 ERA this spring. "I don't care if it's Spring Training or the regular season. It doesn't matter. That's unacceptable. But, yeah, back to the positive, it was definitely a good outing, definitely a step in the right direction. "I felt a lot of good things in my delivery today. I was working downhill when I needed to. I had a few misfires, but was able to get back to what I was working on. That's always a good sign this early in the season."
Swarzak is being stretched out in case the Twins need him as a starter to open the season with Scott Baker, a candidate to be placed on the disabled list and Jason Marquis still tending to a family issue back home in New York.
Swarzak, who is out of Minor League options, said he doesn't care what role he serves this season.
"I'm comfortable being on the mound and being in the Major Leagues," Swarzak said. "That's what it's all about, and that's what I'm going to continue to do. I don't have too much time up there. I have less than two years service time, so I need to continue to work and get better and find my place to stick, wherever that may be."