Florimon, Escobar giving Twins sneak preview

Florimon, Escobar giving Twins sneak preview

CLEVELAND -- The Twins will have a whole cast of characters competing for the middle-infield positions in Spring Training. For now, the club is getting a sneak preview.

Among the candidates under consideration, manager Ron Gardenhire deemed Pedro Florimon and Eduardo Escobar as intriguing options. Florimon has played nearly every day over the last month and is hitting .237 in 93 at-bats. Gardenhire didn't pencil the 25-year-old into Tuesday's batting order, preferring to give Florimon a second straight off-day, saying he appeared frustrated and tired after committing an error in Sunday's loss to the White Sox.

"He's not going to make the team this year. He'll do that in Spring Training," Gardenhire said. "But it's nice to see him out there and see what we have coming in. ... He's definitely put his name in the hat, and that's what you want to do."

Minnesota acquired Escobar as part of the deal with the White Sox for southpaw Francisco Liriano in July. He batted .207 in 36 games for the White Sox and hit .208 with four RBIs in his first seven contests with the Twins. Gardenhire said he would like to see more of him.

"He sat on the bench an awful lot over there," Gardenhire said. "A guy like him really needs to be playing. That's why we sent him to Triple-A, to let him get more at-bats down there."

The Twins opted not to recall Brian Dozier when Major League rosters expanded on Sept. 1. Gardenhire said, though, that Dozier could be a factor at a number of positions when Spring Training arrives. All in all, the skipper likes the variety of options at his disposal.

"You can definitely raise some eyebrows this time of year," Gardenhire said. "But, we're not going to set a team until we get to Spring Training next year and see how the spring goes."