Mauer, Pelfrey among Twins to work in Minors games

Mauer, Pelfrey among Twins to work in Minors games

TAMPA, Fla. -- Most of the Twins' regulars spent Thursday on the back fields playing Minor League games, and as far as manager Ron Gardenhire knew, they all got their work in as expected.

Gardenhire said he watched most of those players -- a group that included Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham -- take one at-bat before he headed north on Interstate 75 to Tampa, where the Twins faced the Yankees.

"I'm just assuming everything went fine," the manager said. "I'll have a report back on my desk when we get back."

Right-hander Mike Pelfrey started against the Orioles' Triple-A squad in Sarasota, and he threw five innings on 72 pitches. Pelfrey was slated to start Wednesday night against the Rays before that game was postponed due to rain. Behind the plate for Pelfrey was Mauer, who went 1-for-2 with a double.

Plouffe, who has been working his way back in Minor League games from a strained right calf, made another appearance on the back fields Thursday. Gardenhire saw Plouffe record a hit and run the bases without incident, and the third baseman is expected to be back in the Twins' lineup Friday against the Yankees at Hammond Stadium.

"Everything was fine, so hopefully he got through the rest of that game," Gardenhire said. "I've got him playing third base if everything went well at the end of that."

Adam Berry is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.