May was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday to make his first big league start after posting a 2.93 ERA in 17 starts with the Red Wings.
"The way it worked out here was perfect," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He caught him down in the Minor Leagues. This works out good. Plus, Suzuki could use a blow."
Suzuki is scheduled to return to the lineup on Sunday to catch right-hander Phil Hughes.
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