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Twins send seven players to Minor League camp

Twins send seven players to Minor League camp

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Twins reassigned seven players to Minor League camp on Sunday, including first baseman Chris Colabello, who also played for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

Catcher Eric Fryer, third baseman Mark Sobolewski, outfielders Brian Dinkelman and Clete Thomas and right-handers Deolis Guerra and Shairon Martis were also reassigned to Minor League camp.

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Colabello hit .294 with two doubles, two walks and three RBIs in nine Grapefruit League games. He also hit .333 while leading Team Italy with two homers and seven RBIs in the World Baseball Classic.

Colabello, who played seven seasons in the independent Can-Am League before playing at Double-A New Britain last season, is scheduled to start the season at Triple-A Rochester.

"He did fine," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He played great for Team Italy and really well for us. First base is a place where we don't have a ton of depth. We have [Justin] Morneau and then ad-libbing from there. So he's put himself in a good situation where if he's down there swinging the bat good, he could go right into the big leagues after all that time in independent ball. So it's a good story."

Guerra, meanwhile, is out with a blood clot in his right shoulder. He was released from the hospital on Sunday after having a first rib resection on Friday. He's expected to miss the first half of the season.

"He has to go through therapy and all that stuff, but ultimately he'll be back on the mound," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "Everything went well."

Martis also isn't with the club, as he's pitching for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.

The Twins now have 42 players in camp: 22 pitchers (five non-roster), four catchers (one non-roster), nine infielders (three non-roster) and seven outfielders (two non-roster).

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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