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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With five days remaining before Opening Day, the Twins' roster is continuing to take shape.

The Twins optioned reliever Glen Perkins to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, leaving just one outstanding roster decision. If right-hander Clay Condrey can strengthen his weakened shoulder enough to avoid a disabled-list stint, he will fill out the 25-man roster. If not, lefty Ron Mahay will take his place.

The Twins also announced that right-hander Pat Neshek, battling his way back from Tommy John surgery, has made the team.

Condrey, who has not pitched since Sunday with weakness in his right shoulder and right elbow soreness, is currently on a strengthening program. He was originally scheduled to return to game action during this weekend's exhibition games at Target Field. But after showing significant improvement on Wednesday, the Twins opted to have him continue to work in Fort Myers.

Condrey should rejoin the Twins in Anaheim prior to Opening Day. And manager Ron Gardenhire, who was skeptical of Condrey's condition early Wednesday, is now optimistic that he will be ready for the opener.

"I think he's going to be there," Gardenhire said.

On the off chance that Condrey -- a bullpen cog for the Phillies the last four seasons -- cannot go, the Twins will turn to Mahay, a 38-year-old journeyman who spent most of last season with the Royals.

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