MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins had better news to share Wednesday on their other injured left-hander, Jose Mijares. Mijares, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Aug. 16, threw another bullpen session on Wednesday and practiced fielding off the mound which included him covering first base. He's still on track to throw a simulated game on Friday in Cleveland. "It went good," Mijares said of his workout. "A little pain but I feel good."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the team will wait to see how Mijares fares on Friday before guessing on a date when he might return. But it's possible that Mijares could be available out of the bullpen for the Twins as soon as Sunday or Monday if everything goes well. Mijares has thrown just 25 2/3 innings this season, having made two separate trips to the disabled list. He said his arm feels good and perhaps the best news for the Twins is that Mijares has dropped a little bit of weight while recovering from the knee surgery. While he hopes to pitch quite a few more innings for the team once he returns to the bullpen, Mijares said he also plans to pitch in winter ball in Venezuela this offseason. It's something that Mijares didn't do last offseason, and he feels that it will help him to keep his weight down and keep him healthy for Spring Training next year.