Twins pick up Boyer's contract, inform him he'll make roster

Twins pick up Boyer's contract, inform him he'll make roster

FORT MYERS, Fla. --The Twins selected the contract of right-handed reliever Blaine Boyer on Monday, informing him that he will be on the Opening Day roster. In addition, with right-hander Kyle Gibson scratched from his scheduled start against the Red Sox with flu-like symptoms, Boyer got the start in his place.

Boyer, 33, was signed by the Twins in January as a Minor League free agent and has pitched well enough to make the roster with a 1.69 ERA in 10 2/3 innings entering Monday.

Boyer retired from baseball after the 2011 season, only to make his return to the Majors last year with the Padres after a stint in Japan in 2013. Boyer had a 3.57 ERA with 29 strikeouts and eight walks in 40 1/3 innings with San Diego. He was especially tough against righties, holding them to a .178/.219/.289 line.

With Boyer making the roster, the Twins only have one decision to make in the bullpen with Glen Perkins, Casey Fien, Brian Duensing, Tim Stauffer and Mike Pelfrey all considered locks to be on the Opening Day roster. The last spot is expected to go to Rule 5 Draft pick J.R. Graham, which would leave lefties Aaron Thompson and Caleb Thielbar as the odd men out.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for 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.