Workouts, social media and playing catch: How Twins players are passing the time

We’re used to moving around, having something to do," - Nelson Cruz

WCCO Radio Newsroom
March 23, 2020 - 1:50 pm
 Taylor Rogers #55 of the Minnesota Twins

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Just like all of us are trying to make due under the circumstances,  Twins players are staying ready for what they hope is the eventual return of baseball.

The Twins encouraged players to return home and most have done so. Nelson Cruz, the team’s MVP last year, has turned to basketball, social media, and workouts in his downtime.

“Not everybody likes to stay home for more than two days.. We’re used to moving around, having something to do, either on the field or at home”

When facilities are shutdown, you have to improvise. Avoid big groups or gyms for now. *Wash your hands Mientras todo esta cerrado, improvisa. Evite grandes grupos o gimnasios por ahora. *Lava tus manos #nodaysoff #nikeairmax

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Relief pitcher Taylor Rogers is back home in Colorado, and he and other pitchers are adopting a similar strategy — sticking with one person to play catch with in their area (for him,Twins non roster invitee Griffin Jacks) and finding ways to stay in shape.

“So just playing catch with him outside and for lack of a better term, doing in-home prison workouts. And that's about it. That's kind of all we can do,” Rogers told reporters on a conference call Monday. 

The pitcher says they’re awaiting word from baseball and union officials about the next steps. He says both the players and league want to get in as much baseball as possible as soon as it's possible.

"Whatever thing we can put together to get the most games in, you know, everybody's going to win on that account," he said.

For the time being, Tayor said he and other players are in a "holding period" until the game returns, and how long that will continue is anyone's guess.

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