Torn rotator cuff could end Mahay's season

Torn rotator cuff could end Mahay's season

ARLINGTON -- Twins left-hander Ron Mahay's season could possibly be over after an MRI exam on Monday revealed a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the team is still determining a course of action for Mahay. But while the injury is not to his pitching arm, it still may wind up sidelining Mahay for the rest of the year.

"Probably surgery eventually," Gardenhire said. "We just have to touch all the right bases, but he has a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder from the fall."

Mahay suffered the injury in the sixth inning of Saturday's contest against the Angels. With a runner on third and two outs in the inning, Erick Aybar hit a squibbler into the infield. Mahay stumbled off the mound as he tried to go field the ball and fell awkwardly on his shoulder. He then tried to crawl toward the ball and felt something in his shoulder.

With Mahay's injury, the Twins are down to one left-hander in their bullpen, Glen Perkins. Mahay had been 1-1 with a 3.44 ERA in 34 inning. The club's primary left-handed specialist for the majority of this season was Jose Mijares, who is out at least three more weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. Mijares suffered the injury while covering first base in a 6-1 loss at Chicago on Aug. 11.

The Twins' hope has been that Mijares would be able to return four weeks after his surgery, which took place on Aug. 16. But the club has said that it will be up to Mijares as to when he'll be ready.

"You don't know until you get there and see how everything goes," Gardenhire said. "Only he is going to be able to dictate that. He has to do the work. If everything goes good, probably a month, but it could be before and after. Just depends on Mijares and how much he does."

The Twins have been scouring the waiver wire looking for left-handed relief help, but there is no guarantee that they will be able to find a fit there. The team also doesn't appear to have much left-handed help ready in its Minor League system; in particular there aren't any options on the 40-man roster.

"It is what it is," Gardenhire said of having only one lefty. "We'll use right-handers to get them out, too. When Mijares went down, that's what we were doing, too. Choose your moments [with your lefty]."