FORT MYERS, Fla. — Lance Lynn is a Twin, and he’s not exactly going to ease his way into action with his new team.
Lynn, the 30-year-old former Cardinal, will start for the Twins on Tuesday against the Orioles, making his spring debut less than 24 hours after signing his one-year, $12 million contract.
Lynn, who agreed to the deal Saturday after his hopes for a much more lucrative long-term contract never materialized this winter, was at Twins’ camp Monday for a physical exam and a magnetic resonance imaging test on his right arm. After being cleared by the team’s medical staff, he signed his contract and joined his new teammates on the field for an early-afternoon workout. Lynn was not made available to reporters, but will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.
Lynn has been working out in Jupiter, Fla., at the Cressey Performance Center, along with fellow new Twin Logan Morrison, and has told the Twins his throwing program has him on schedule to be ready for the start of the regular season. They’ll get their first look at the righthander, who has pitched 175 or more innings with an ERA lower than 4.00 five times in his six-year career, at Hammond Stadium on Tuesday.
Lynn will wear uniform No. 31, as he did with the Cardinals. Coach Jeff Pickler will switch to another number.