FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire has endorsed Pedro Florimon as the favorite at shortstop this spring, but Florimon said Thursday he isn't taking anything for granted.
Florimon, 26, finished last season as the club's starting shortstop and hit .219/.272/.307 with a homer, five doubles and two triples in 43 games.
"Nobody told me anything, so I'm just coming here and playing for the job," Florimon said. "There's a lot of competition here. I don't even know if I'm going to start. I have to work hard because I want the position."
Florimon also played in 38 games for Leones de Escogido in his native Dominican Republic this offseason, hitting .260 with four doubles. Gardenhire said he likes Florimon's defense at short but wants to see more offense from him this year.
"We talked about that at the end of last year, about things he can do to help this baseball team," Gardenhire said. "He's also gotten stronger. He's lifted weights and his upper body is stronger and he's just bigger. So who knows? Maybe he'll drive the ball. We'll see how he does in games but obviously he's going to have to be able to swing the bat and hit and run and bunt and all those things plus catch the ball."
Plouffe slowed by sore calf; Carroll a solid option
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who is dealing with a sore right calf, is participating in running and fielding drills but isn't expected to make his Grapefruit League debut until next week, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Thursday.
The Twins are set to open up Grapefruit League play on Saturday against the Orioles in Sarasota, but they'll be without Plouffe for the first few games.
"Plouffe is moving around pretty decent," Gardenhire said. "He's not at full speed yet, but he's moving along. He's feeling better and better each day. Hitting in groups and all those things. He did fielding today, which is a good thing. He's getting better. Not ready to play in game yet, but not too far away either."
With Plouffe out, Jamey Carroll is the club's No. 2 option at third base. Gardenhire said Carroll will get time at third, shortstop and second base this spring.
"He can play anywhere," Gardenhire said. "He's definitely an option behind Plouffe. I don't worry about him wherever I put him. If he's better than the other guys out there and I think he's the best way to go, that's what I'll do if I don't like my options. I don't really worry about Jamey Carroll. He knows how to play. He's a very good utility guy, but if the other guys don't get it done, we can use Jamey, too."
Hendriks to start against Rays on Sunday
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Liam Hendriks is scheduled to start the Grapefruit League home opener against the Rays at Hammond Stadium on Sunday, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
Hendriks, 24, is set to pitch a day after right-hander Kevin Correia starts against the Orioles in the Grapefruit League opener in Sarasota.
Hendriks, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, posted a 5.59 ERA in 16 starts with the Twins and a 2.20 ERA in 16 starts at Triple-A Rochester last season.
The Twins are also set to play in an instraquad game on Sunday morning at 9 a.m. CT. The game is expected to be six innings and will feature P.J. Walters as well as B.J. Hermsen, Trevor May, Alex Meyer, Caleb Thielbar, Jose Berrios and Andrew Albers.
"A lot of the kids are going to be throwing in the intrasquad game," Gardenhire said. "So that'll be good."