Governor Tim Walz will lift many COVID-19 restrictions starting Friday, one of which will allow the twins to officially fill the target field to 39,504. There’s a lot to think about for the Twins, who have been capped at around 10,000 since the season started on March 29th.
Walz announced Thursday that it would lift restrictions on al fresco dining, events and other gatherings and end the mask requirement outside of the city, except in large venues with over 500 people. If the state reaches a full 70 percent vaccination rate by July 1, the governor will waive the mask requirement for major outdoor events.
The Saints should start with about 2,100 or 27 percent of the capacity at the start on Tuesday, but can now invite more fans to their CHS field with 7,200 seats. The team wasn’t immediately sure what it was going to do. The team started their season on Tuesday in Omaha and will play 12 games at CHS Field from May 11th to 23rd.
« We are working on a plan to responsibly ramp up, » said Derek Sharrer, executive vice president and general manager. « We’re not going to go 100 percent straight away, but we’re going to start responsibly ramping up next week. »
The twins were due to embark on a six-game road trip through Detroit and Chicago (White Sox) after Thursday’s game. They won’t play at home until they start a six-game homestand against Oakland on May 14th.
« I think we will be moving gradually to reach our maximum capacity, » said St. Peter.
Nick Gordon, the Twins’ first pick in the 2014 Amateur Draft first round, will make his Major League debut this afternoon when the Twins host the Texas Rangers in a 12:10 first pitch at Target Field .
Gordon was called back earlier this season but didn’t play. In the list published on Thursday morning, Gordon beats seventh place and plays second base.
« He seemed very happy, very optimistic, » said manager Rocco Baldelli. « I didn’t sit him down, we just want him to get into a little routine and get ready to go play. »
The twins also recalled left-handed Devin Smeltzer on Thursday and elected left-handed Lewis Thorpe to the AAA St. Paul class.
Smeltzer made an appearance for the big league club, throwing 4.2 innings of a 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh on April 24th. He allowed an inexperienced run with a hit and a walk and hit three.
Thorpe started Wednesday night with a 3-1 loss to Texas at Target Field. He threw five innings without a decision and is 0-1 with an earned run average of 4.50 in three appearances, two starts this season.
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