May makes up for lost time with solid debut

May makes up for lost time with solid debut

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- After missing four days early in camp with the flu, Twins right-hander Trevor May made his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday against the Rays.

May, one of five pitchers competing for the final spot in the rotation, went two innings, giving up one run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Only reliever Lester Oliveros, who has been out with a sore shoulder but could see action this weekend, has yet to make his spring debut so far for the Twins.

"It's always good to finally get out there on the field -- it's crazy that there were actual hitters and fielders," May said jokingly with a smile. "It felt good to get going. I felt good, I felt strong. It was weird coming from the 'pen so I tried to time it the best I could. But I think all considered, everything felt good coming out of my hand and I threw some good off-speed pitches."

After a 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts in the fourth, May gave up his lone run in his second inning of work after a triple from Alexi Casilla and a double from Vince Belnome. He was able to limit the damage in the fifth inning with the help of two strikeouts. He said one of the keys was establishing his fastball up in the zone, which allowed him to use his off-speed down and away.

"I made some good pitches with the fastball elevating," May said. "I was able to hit my spot up and in pretty consistently. That's the big thing. Being able to work up and in, and then use my off-speed stuff to slow bats away. I think that's what my bread and butter is."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.