Jared Burton RP MIN 10 Months

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Jared Burton will be used in low-leverage situations for the time being.

Burton has an 11.00 ERA over his last 10 appearances, necessitating him being booted from a setup role. "You always try to say you'll get him in some nonpressure situations, but I don't know if there are those in the big leagues," Gardenhire said. "So we'll try to get him in some situations where it's not the eighth and a one-run lead." Casey Fien seems likely to be used as Glen Perkins' primary setup man for now.

Jared Burton RP MIN 10 Months

Jared Burton allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over an inning of work in his return to action Thursday.

Burton had been unavailable the last several days due to a groin injury. Even though he coughed up a late lead in a loss to the Phillies, it appears that he's fine physically.

Jared Burton RP MIN 11 Months

Jared Burton (groin) is unavailable Tuesday.

Burton hasn't appeared in a game since Saturday due to lingering tightness in his groin. He is day-to-day.

Jared Burton RP MIN 11 Months

Jared Burton felt some tightness in his groin during his appearance on Saturday.

Burton isn't concerned and said he should be available to pitch Sunday. The setup man is having a fine year, posting a 3.18 ERA and 1.20 WHIP with 29 strikeouts over 28 1/3 frames.

Jared Burton RP MIN 11 Months

Filling in for a resting Glen Perkins, Jared Burton pitched a scoreless ninth against the Brewers for his second save on Thursday.

It'd make some sense for the Twins to have the right-handed Burton and left-handed Perkins share closing duties based on matchups, but that's just way too complicated a situation for any of today's managers to pull off. Perkins, after all, is just fine in the ninth as is. Burton has been very good in the eighth, picking up 12 holds opposite two blown saves. It should remain his role, for the most part.

Jared Burton RP MIN 12 Months

Jared Burton earned his first save of the season Saturday in the Twins' 8-5 win over the Orioles.

Glen Perkins had the night off and Burton stepped in admirably, retiring all three batters he faced. Burton has a 1.69 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 18/5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings this season. He's a decent holds option in fantasy leagues and will vulture saves here and there.

Jared Burton RP MIN Dec 06 '12

Twins avoided arbitration with RHP Jared Burton by agreeing to a two-year, $5.5 million contract extension.

The Twins will also hold a $3.6 million option on him for 2015. The deal buys out Burton's first year of free agency and also gives Minnesota a chance to keep him around for an additional year. The 31-year-old was a nice surprise in 2012, posting a 2.18 ERA and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 64 appearances.

Jared Burton RP MIN Dec 06 '12

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins are close to a contract extension with right-hander Jared Burton.

The dollar amount isn't yet known, but the extension is expected to run through 2014 and include a club option for 2015. Burton, who is currently due to hit free agency next offseason, posted a 2.18 ERA and 55/16 K/BB ratio over 64 appearances in 2012.

Jared Burton RP MIN Nov 10 '12

The Twins are considering a multi-year extension for right-hander Jared Burton.

Burton is arbitration-eligible this winter and is likely to see a raise from his $750,000 salary. He posted a 2.18 ERA and 55/16 K/BB ratio in 64 appearances with the Twins and is under team control through the 2013 season.

Jared Burton RP MIN Jul 18 '12

Jared Burton notched his third save Tuesday with a scoreless inning against the Orioles.

Burton struck out a batter and walked another. It was his first save since June 25. Glen Perkins set him up with a three-punch-out eighth. Perkins and Burton will continue to share closing duties with Matt Capps on the disabled list into August. As such, the resurgent reliever with a 2.41 ERA is useable in most formats for now, especially if an owner is desperate for saves. Keep in mind that Minnesota wouldn't be averse to trading the reliever if they get an acceptable offer within the next two weeks.