Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/15/12
FORT MYERS, Fla. The first round of cuts came Thursday for the Minnesota Twins, as they optioned six players and reassigned three others to the minor league camp. Pitchers Deolis Guerra, Lester Oliveros, Scott Diamond and Tyler Robertson and outfielder Darin Mastroianni were all optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was optioned to High-A Fort Myers. Three players were reassigned to the Twins' minor league camp -- pitcher Aaron Thompson, infielder Steve Pearce and catcher Danny Rams. Pearce was slowed in camp this week by a strained calf. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Pearce would be out 7-10 days. Oliveros and Diamond both saw time with the Twins last season. After Minnesota acquired Oliveros in a trade with Detroit, he pitched 10 games in relief. Diamond made his big league debut in 2011 and started seven games for the Twins late in the season, going 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA. Arcia got just nine at-bats in Grapefruit League action, going 1-for-9 with three strikeouts. Mastroianni hit .154 (2-for-13) with a double and an RBI in nine games. With the moves made Thursday, the Twins now have 57 players in camp. That includes 27 pitchers, eight catchers, 13 infielder and nine outfielders. The Twins break camp on April 4 and play the Baltimore Orioles on Opening Day on April 6. Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter.
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