Twins bring lefty Mahay up for bullpen

The Minnesota Twins purchased the contract of left-handed

reliever Ron Mahay on Wednesday.

Mahay signed with the Twins late in spring training and was

pitching for Class A Fort Myers. He threw well for the Twins down

the stretch last season after they signed him in late August.

The Twins wanted to add another lefty to the bullpen with Jose

Mijares struggling to start the season. Rookie right-hander Alex

Burnett was optioned to Triple-A Rochester to make room for

Mahay.

Burnett was somewhat of a surprise to make the opening day

roster, but he impressed the team with 2 1-3 scoreless innings in

his first major league stint.

“Looks like he’s going to be a good one for us,” manager Ron

Gardenhire said.