Notes: Twins prepare for hectic 24 hours

Notes: Twins prepare for hectic 24 hours

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins broke ground on their new stadium on Thursday, and manager Ron Gardenhire is wishing that it was already finished in time for this weekend.

But that's not the case, and the Twins will have to deal with sharing the Metrodome with both the Vikings and the Gophers, and the havoc that it wreaks on their schedule.

The Twins were unable to do any on-field work prior to Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader because the crew was still changing over the field from last night's Vikings preseason game. To boot, after playing Friday's doubleheader, the Twins will have an 11 a.m. first pitch on Saturday, because Minnesota opens the college football season at the Metrodome that evening.

"Twenty-four hours, three games," Gardenhire laughed. "We had a day off [Thursday] so we ought to be well rested.

"We've just got to live with it. It's been like this in the Metrodome forever, with football. Not too many times do you have the Gophers play and the Vikings play in the same weekend. I haven't seen that, but we're kind of used to seeing an 11 a.m. game at least once a year."

Gardenhire is counting on many of the Twins young players to be able to last through the weekend, but is hoping the veterans can pull through as well.

"A bunch of them are going to have to go two. I guarantee that," Gardenhire said.

The Twins are especially short-handed behind the plate. Chris Heintz will start the first game on Friday, and Mike Redmond will start the second game. Joe Mauer is still sidelined with a hamstring injury. Gardenhire was unsure who would start Saturday's morning contest.

"We'll see how they both feel tomorrow. Redmond should be fine for an 11 a.m. game after a night game. He's better when he's ornery," Gardenhire joked. "We'll see how he feels."

Gardenhire said that in addition to the time constraints, the wear and tear the changeover takes on the actual field is a concern.

"Especially in right field, you get a lot of divots and that stuff where the tracks go through. It gets a little rough out there," Gardenhire said. "The mound can be a little messy. They use to just lower it, but they don't do it anymore, they break it down. It can get a little ugly."

The Twins will have to wait until opening day in 2010 before they have it any other way.

"It'll be great to get your own ballpark because you won't have to work around other people's schedules and all those things. That's tough for everyone involved," Gardenhire said. "We'll have our own ballpark and it's going to be our schedule and our field."

Reyes update: Injured reliever Dennys Reyes was supposed to play catch on Friday, but has pushed that back until Monday after finding a small tear in his triceps muscle.

Reyes was placed on the disabled list on Sunday after he continued to feel pain in the elbow that he banged on a bullpen chair during the Twins last homestand.

Reyes said his elbow was already feeling better, and he thought he would be ready to throw on Monday. He is eligible to come off the DL on Sept. 6.

Prior to Friday's first game, Gardenhire had not talked with the trainers to determine a course of action for Reyes.

Who's getting the call? Gardenhire and general manager Terry Ryan have discussed who will get the nod in September callups, but haven't made any official decisions.

Gardenhire said Kevin Slowey, who is scheduled to start for the Twins on Tuesday will get the call, along with Luis Rodriguez and Lew Ford, both of whom spent most of the season with the Twins.

"As far as how many young guys, I don't think there will be very many more than that coming back up here," Gardenhire said. "We'll have to wait and see where Terry goes from there."

Gardenhire said another pitcher would probably be called up and possibly another catcher, depending on how Mauer's hamstring injury progresses.

The Twins outrighted pitcher Jason Miller to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, leaving two open spots on their 40-man roster.

Doubleheader notes: The last time the Twins and Royals faced off twice in one day was July 27, 1997, in Kansas City. The Royals won both games. ... In their only other doubleheader this season, The Twins swept the White Sox on July 6. In an impressive display of offensive power, the Twins won the first game 20-14 and the second game 12-0. ... Since Friday's first game is a makeup for the postponed Aug. 1 game, the games mark the first split gate in Metrodome's 25-year history.

Down on the farm: Triple-A Rochester earned a split in Thursday's doubleheader against Ottawa. Reliever Bobby Korecky got the win in the second game by retiring all six batters he faced. Trent Oeltjen scored the winning run for the Red Wings in Game 2 after leading off the eighth inning with a triple. With the split, the Red Wings remain one game behind Richmond for the International League's Wild Card spot. ... Double-A New Britain edged out a 7-6 win against Binghamton on Thursday. Matt Moses hit two doubles and Garrett Guzman had two RBIs and a run scored. Yohan Pino notched the win by allowing three earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. ... Class A Ft. Myers swept Thursday's doubleheader against Sarasota. The Miracle won the first game, 5-4, with help from a Cody Strait home run to lead off the first inning. They overcame seven innings of no-hit pitching by Sarasota's Alexander Smit in the second game when Dustin Martin hit an RBI single in the ninth to put them up 3-2.

Up next: The Twins and Royals meet back at the Metrodome for an 11:10 a.m. CT contest on Saturday. Carlos Silva (10-13, 4.33 ERA) takes on Brandon Duckworth (2-3, 2.94).

Leslie Parker is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.