PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- While the Twins made the 50-mile trip to face the Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Monday, catcher Joe Mauer and outfielder Trevor Plouffe stayed back to play in a Minor League game in Fort Myers.
Mauer simply wanted to get at-bats, while Plouffe was scratched from playing right field against the Rays because he's dealing with what Twins manager Ron Gardenhire called a sore right arm from throwing in the outfield and infield.
Mauer went 2-for-5 with two singles, a walk and an RBI while playing with Class A Advanced Fort Myers, while Plouffe went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk as the designated hitter while playing with Class A Beloit.
"Joe wanted to see pitches," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He wanted to see fastballs. Up here, they spin it a lot. Down there, they throw it. Kids throw fastballs."
Gardenhire also said that Plouffe will see action all over the infield this season, including at second base and shortstop, on top of his duties as a corner outfielder.
"I told him super-utility everywhere," Gardenhire said. "Shortstop, second, everywhere. I didn't bring a shortstop along. I've got Jamey Carroll. Alexi [Casilla] is on that side [at second base]. I gotta have another guy who can play them all. That's Plouffe."