News: Buxton (finger) isn't expected to break camp with the team, but Twins general manager Terry Ryan said he could see Buxton "surfacing" in the majors in 2015, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Impact: Buxton is projected to begin the season at Double-A. He was cleared to resume baseball activities two weeks ago as he continues to work back from surgery to repair his broken finger. Buxton appears on track to participate in spring training.
News: Duensing and the Twins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract, Phil Ervin of FOX Sports North reports.
Impact: This will be Duensing's last arbitration agreement before free agency, but he could be in for a rough contract year. The lefty outperformed his FIP by well more than a run last season and registered his lowest strikeout rate since 2010.
News: Milone revealed Saturday that he had a benign tumor removed from his neck on Dec. 4, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Impact: Neck pain kept Milone off the hill for most of September, and the discomfort continued into the offseason. Eventually, he went to see a specialist, and the benign tumor was then found and promptly removed. The right-hander was able to resume throwing just two weeks after the procedure, and he said he feels much better now. Milone will compete for a spot in the Twins' rotation during spring training after posting a 4.19 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 118 innings between Oakland and Minnesota last season.
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.