Marlins manager Mike Redmond was glad to be back in Minnesota on Tuesday, but he doesn’t miss the Metrodome.
“I did see the Metrodome the other day,” he said. “Brought back lot of memories. Mostly the smell of the Metrodome.”
Redmond played for the Twins from 2005-09, batting .297 in 257 games. His last season with the Twins was the last year the team played in the Metrodome.
“Nobody got there early to the Metrodome,” Redmond said. “You got there, you put your uniform on you went straight to the cage. You went straight out onto the field. Game was over, you ate and left. That’s it. We were there strictly for business’’
Redmond retired after playing the 2010 season with Cleveland — the first year the Twins played at open-air Target Field.
“This place is obviously nice,” Redmond said of Target Field. “I played here my last year as a player in 2010. I got an infield single — you don’t have to look it up. My one and only game I played here I was 1-for-3.’’
Redmond had fun catching up with old Twins teammates.
“I remember when he got that MRI of his shoulder and he said that they had found a Bud Light can in it,” Twins closer Glen Perkins told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “And then Budweiser sent him like six cases of beer.”
Injury updates: Right-hander Henderson Alvarez threw 30 pitches in a batting-practice session Tuesday in Jupiter. He is scheduled to throw 45 pitches Sunday, and a rehab assignment could start next week.
Henderson, out since the end of march with a sore shoulder, could return to the Marlins’ starting rotation by the second week in May.
Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, on the DL since April 18 with a right elbow bruise, could start throwing next week. The Marlins hope he can rejoin the team May 2 in Philadelphia.
First baseman Logan Morrison (right knee) is taking batting practice and fielding drills and is continuing his running program. The Marlins hope he can return May 30 but they won’t know until next month.
“He hasn’t had any hiccups to this point,’’ General Manager Mike Hill said.
Broadcaster milestones: Tuesday’s games at Target Field marked the 53rd stadium and 29th current ballpark in which radio broadcaster Dave Van Horne has called a major-league game.
It was also the 62nd ballpark that Spanish-language radio broadcaster Felo Ramirez has called action. Ramirez and Van Horne are in the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.