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Dozier, Pinto, Pelfrey moving past minor injuries

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins have avoided any major injuries so far in Spring Training, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire gave an update on a few minor injuries on Friday.

Catcher Josmil Pinto was held out of action on Friday with a stiff back after working with bench coach and former big league catcher Terry Steinbach on blocking balls in the dirt on Thursday. But the injury isn't serious, as he was still listed to catch on Saturday.

"We kept him out of drills," Gardenhire said. "They did the blocking with the rubber balls and that was a little much. It wore him out with rubber balls. ... So he missed a day today, and we'll see how he is tomorrow. He's just a little sore."

Second baseman Brian Dozier has also been limited early in camp with a sore back, but is expected to be ready for the first full day of workouts on Saturday. He's still been taking ground balls, but he hasn't been running.

"We'll be guarded, but he feels a lot better," Gardenhire said. "We don't want him to fall back into it. We'll have him take it nice and easy with all the drills."

Right-hander Mike Pelfrey is also feeling better after dealing with an ear infection that caused dizziness and is on track to throw his next live bullpen session.

"It was some kind of ear thing where he got it all taken care of and checked out yesterday," Gardenhire said. "He said he got dizzy and all those things. I told him I got dizzy watching you pitch last year, so we're even."

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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