FORT MYERS, Fla. -- It's been quite some time since Sean Burroughs last made an Opening Day roster.
Burroughs, whose well-documented problems with substance abuse kept him out of baseball from 2007 until making his return to the Majors with the D-backs in '11, last made a club out of Spring Training back in '05 with the Padres.
So that's why Burroughs is so thankful that he's getting another chance with the Twins, who will keep Burroughs on their roster as a backup infielder and pinch-hitter.
"It's emotional," said Burroughs, who was invited to camp as a non-roster invite. "Right now, I can look forward to it and play it in my head. It's going to be an experience. It's going to feel like my first time again, to tell you the truth. It's been seven years now, so I'm going to really relish in it. I'm going to take it slow and try to remember everything that happens with it and try to have fun with these guys."
Burroughs hasn't officially been added to the Twins' 40-man roster, but it's a mere formality, because the club has two open spots. He has been solid at the plate this spring, entering Sunday's game against the Red Sox batting .342 with a .444 on-base percentage.
Burroughs hit .273 in 110 at-bats, including 56 as a pinch-hitter, last season with Arizona, and he is expected to contribute in that role yet again.
"He can come off the bench, he's got a nice swing," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He can play multiple positions, and he knows how to play the game, and he's pretty good in the clubhouse. He's a lot of fun. So it's impressive."