Twins' Condrey to start season on DL
Minnesota reliever strains right elbow; Burnett recalled
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Clay Condrey didn't make it to the Twin Cities for the pair of exhibition games at Target Field against the Cardinals, and he won't be with the team to start the regular season either.On Saturday, the Twins placed Condrey on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow strain. To replace Condrey on the 25-man roster, the Twins have recalled right-handed pitcher Alex Burnett from Triple-A Rochester. Burnett will join the team in Anaheim on Sunday. Condrey threw one inning in a Minor League contest at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday. He walked one batter and threw 25 pitches. Manager Ron Gardenhire said before Saturday's exhibition game that the reports were Condrey looked fine during his outing and his arm felt OK. But afterward, Condrey did some running and realized that his arm wasn't feeling good. "It was hurting," Gardenhire said. "So he's going to come up [to Minnesota] and get his elbow checked out." Gardenhire said the Twins considered a couple options, including left-hander Ron Mahay, who recently signed a Minor League deal with the club. But the feeling was that Mahay wasn't quite ready to pitch just yet, and that he needs a few more outings before he can be considered an option. "He missed a lot of camp, and although he's throwing the ball OK, he still has a bit of work to get here," Gardenhire said. Burnett, 22, is one of the pitchers who is currently on the Twins' 40-man roster. That made the move easier than having to clear room on the roster for a pitcher such as right-hander Anthony Slama, who also impressed in camp. "We liked Burnett when we saw him in Spring Training," Gardenhire said. "We think he's a guy that we can put out there. He's going to come in and fire it over the plate. He's got a great arm, a heavy ball. We're excited to see this young man up here."
Twins fans greet Jones warmly
MINNEAPOLIS -- The warm reception from Twins fans just kept coming for outfielder Jacque Jones.Jones, who was a part of Minnesota's outfield from 1999-2005, was overwhelmed by the response he got from fans in his return to the Twins in Friday night's exhibition game at Target Field. But the lengthy standing ovations continued when Jones entered the game against the Cardinals on Saturday. When Jones stepped up to bat in the seventh inning, he was greeted with yet another lengthy standing ovation. He had to step out of the box and tip his batting helmet to the crowd as he shook his head in disbelief. The cheers grew even louder when Jones singled in the at-bat and then drove in a run with an RBI single to center in the eighth. Overall, the reception he received over the two weekend exhibition games was much greater than Jones, who will begin the year at Triple-A Rochester, had imagined it would be. "The people were great to me the whole weekend," Jones said. "They were great to me the whole time I was here the first time around. I appreciate them and they showed they appreciate me. It was a good time."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.