Twins DFA Maloney, Option Valencia, Recall Mastroianni, Walters Selected, Liriano to the Pen

Apr 13, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Twins third base Danny Valencia (22) throws to first base to get out Texas Rangers right fielder Nelson Cruz (not pictured) in the eighth inning at Target Field. The Rangers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Minnesota Rearranges Roster With a Series of Moves

In several moves to revamp the roster, the Minnesota Twins have designated Matt Maloney for assignment and optioned Danny Valencia to AAA. To replace them, the Twins have recalled outfielder Darin Mastroianni and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher P.J Walters, according to the team:

More, the club has moved Francisco Liriano to the bullpen while Walters will get the start on Sunday, according to Ben Goessling and Rhett Bollinger:

Maloney, 28, was claimed by the Twins off waivers from the Cincinnati Reds last fall, but this season has mostly been a disaster as he's giving up nearly one earned run for every inning in which he appears, totaling an 8.18 ERA.

Valencia, the 27 year-old 3rd baseman, has earned his demotion by struggling at the plate this season, hitting just .198/.212/.302.

Whether moving Liriano to the pen and bringing up Mastroianni and Walters can help the Twins climb back to respectability in this disappointing season remains to be seen, but this is unlikely the last move the Twins make to bolster the roster.

Read and react with Twins fans over at Twinkie Town.

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