Shoulder injury forces Mahay to DL

Shoulder injury forces Mahay to DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- Three innings after Twins starter Kevin Slowey left Saturday's 9-3 loss to the Angels due to discomfort in his right triceps, the club had another pitcher go down with an injury.

Left-hander Ron Mahay was removed from the game with a right shoulder injury and the Twins placed him on the 15-day disabled list after the contest. The team has called up right-hander Anthony Slama to take Mahay's place on the roster.

Mahay was trying to field a ground ball hit by Erick Aybar in the sixth inning, but he stumbled coming off the mound and fell awkwardly. He tried to crawl toward the ball but was unable to reach it and felt something in his elbow at the end of the play.

"I think it was just my movement towards going after the ball is what actually kind of like strained it," said Mahay. "And then landing on it didn't really help either.

"As of right now, it's swollen and stiff."

Mahay had taken over the role of the Twins' primary left-handed specialist in the bullpen after Jose Mijares underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be out at least three more weeks.

Now with Mahay on the DL, Glen Perkins will be the only left-hander in the bullpen for the Twins. But Perkins threw two innings, giving up two runs, in Saturday's loss. So Perkins will be unavailable for at least Sunday's game.

"Our lefty just threw two innings, so right now we've got no lefties," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're just going to have to ad lib."

Slama will rejoin the Twins after going 0-1 with a 7.71 ERA, five walks and five strikeouts in five appearances with the club earlier this season. Gardenhire said the thing Slama will have to do in this stint with the club is try to slow the game down.

"That's what we talked to him about when we sent him down," Gardenhire said. "He's got to slow the game down. He's got to learn to do that. Hopefully he'll come back up here and figure it out."

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.