Gardenhire trying to find spot for Mahay

Gardenhire trying to find spot for Mahay

SEATTLE -- Having three lefties in the Twins' bullpen has left Ron Mahay without much work of late.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he spoke with Mahay on Monday about the fact that the situational lefty had not pitched since May 22, when he gave up three runs on two hits while facing three batters.

"He told me just to be patient," said Mahay, who has now given up eight runs over his last 2 2/3 frames after surrendering two in an inning on Tuesday night vs. the Mariners. "They haven't forgotten about me down there. When it's my turn to pitch, I'll just go in there and do my job. He said just to be patient, we haven't forgotten about you."

Gardenhire said the hope is to find a situation earlier in the game in which to use Mahay. But with the starting pitchers going deeper into games and the club having two setup left-handers in the bullpen in Brian Duensing and Jose Mijares, it hasn't been easy to find those opportunities of late.

"But we've got to get him some action, too," Gardenhire said. "He needs to pitch. We know that. We'll try to get him in the right situation where he can come in and get a little confidence going and get him back on the mound."