Milone, May to take advantage of Minor League games

Milone, May to take advantage of Minor League games

BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Twins are off on Monday, but Tommy Milone and Trevor May will get work in by pitching in Minor League games at the club's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla.

Milone and May are both competing for the fifth spot in the rotation with Mike Pelfrey, Alex Meyer and Tim Stauffer. Milone has been impressive in Grapefruit League play so far, tossing five scoreless innings with his last outing coming on Wednesday against the Rays. And May made his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday after missing time early in camp with the flu, and he allowed one run over two innings.

May's scouting report

With Minor League games starting early next week, Twins manager Paul Molitor also said the first round of cuts will come at some point before Tuesday's game against the Orioles. They could come after Sunday's game against the Cardinals or before the game on Tuesday.

Molitor also said that closer Glen Perkins, who has been out with a mild right oblique strain, could see action in a Minor League game early next week before making his Grapefruit League debut. Perkins, who hasn't pitched since Minnesota's exhibition game against the University of Minnesota on March 4, played catch on Friday and is scheduled to throw off a mound on Saturday.

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.