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Twins announce spring training broadcast schedule

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Twins spring training games begin next week, but it will be almost a month until fans can watch a game on Bally Sports North, which was announced earlier this week as their television partner for the upcoming season. The Twins released their spring training broadcast schedule on Thursday and there will be radio or television coverage for most games.

The first televised game will be a simulcast from Bally Sports Detroit on March 12. Seven more games will be televised after that, with new television play-by-play announcer Cory Provus calling three games near the end of spring training. Analysts Justin Morneau and LaTroy Hawkins will provide color commentary alongside Provus.

On the radio side, the Treasure Island Baseball Network will air 20 broadcasts, with 14 also carried on News Talk 830 WCCO and 102.9 The Wolf. Kris Atteberry, who took over radio play-by-play duties for Provus, and longtime color commentator Dan Gladden will call those games.

The first radio broadcast will be on Feb. 23 when the Twins take on the University of Minnesota in their first game of the spring. That game will start at 5:05 p.m. C.T.

Staumont 100 percent

Josh Staumont, 30, spent between a year to a year and a half trying to figure out what was plaguing him. Once his surgeon finally opened him up, the answer, he said, was clear.

“It was blood flow in a vein going down the arm,” Staumont said. “It’s caused by extra musculature in that area, the scalene muscles, so once they removed that first rib and those muscles, it had a huge impact.”

The relief pitcher, who had thoracic outlet syndrome surgery last July, said he started throwing about a month after procedure and he’s been 100 percent for a couple of months now, coming into spring training healthy and ready to go.

In the time between then and now, he was let go by his long-time team, the Kansas City Royals, and picked up by the Twins on a one-year deal where he’ll be in the mix for a spot in the Twins’ bullpen.

Earlier in his career, Staumont was a highly-effective reliever for the Royals — during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, for example, he posted a 2.45 earned-run average and struck out 13 batters per nine innings — before injuries disrupted both of the past two seasons.

He likened thoracic outlet syndrome to a boiling pot —sometimes, he said, if you let it go and leave the lid on too long, it just overflows. That’s when he felt it and it started to affect him on the mound.

But now he’s healthy and, with that behind him, his aim is on replicating his early-career success.

“Knowing that we’re going to do our job on the back end, the surgical side of that has actually been closed and solved, so a lot of it is just kind of getting that ball rolling,” Staumont said.

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Star shortstop Carlos Correa was among the players who reported to camp on Thursday. All position players must report by Saturday, though most have already shown up in Fort Myers.

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