After latest poor outing, Pelfrey could lose spot in rotation
MAY 1, 5:50p ET | Tyler Mason
Rotowire: Mar 4 / 10:40a ET
News: Pelfrey is unlikely to be a candidate for the bullpen if he doesn't win the fifth starter role, manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Mike traditionally has been a guy that takes some time to get ready, and it'd be a big transition for him to get up and throw 12 pitches and come into the ballgame," Molitor said.
Impact: Pelfrey struggled last season with a 7.99 ERA and just a 10:18 K:BB ratio in 23.2 innings before he was shut down with a sore elbow that eventually required surgery to relieve pressure on his ulnar nerve. He's a long shot to win the fifth starter role over Alex Meyer, Tommy Milone, Trevor May and Tim Stauffer. Pelfrey may need to pitch in the minors to revive his career as a result.
Rotowire: Feb 28 / 12:13p ET
News: Pelfrey (elbow) threw to live hitters Saturday for the first time since undergoing surgery in May, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Pelfrey was reportedly pleased with how the session went, saying he felt great and that he was able to locate his pitches. Although the right-hander didn't return after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure near the ulnar nerve in his elbow, he was able to resume mound work in September and entered spring training without any major restrictions. Pelfrey is competing for a rotation spot but could also be a bullpen option if he fails to earn a starting job.
Rotowire: Jan 24 / 12:24p ET
News: Pelfrey (elbow) said Saturday that he'll go into spring training healthy and ready to compete for a rotation spot, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in Pelfrey's right elbow effectively ended the 31-year-old's 2014 season in June, but he was able to resume throwing bullpen sessions before the end of September. He was then able to go through his normal offseason routine, and will now look to start anew after going 5-16 with a 5.56 ERA in his first two years with the Twins. He could be a bullpen option if he fails to claim a rotation spot.