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Mike Pelfrey | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 1/14/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 249
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Mike Pelfrey said Saturday that he's healthy and ready to compete for a spot in the Twins starting rotation this spring.
The veteran hurler missed most of the 2014 season after undergoing elbow surgery. He's been able to have a regular offseason though and is optimistic about his chances to return to form in 2015. Even if he doesn't win a rotation spot, Pelfrey is open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen. Jan 24 - 1:21 PM

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Twins activated RHP Mike Pelfrey from the 60-day disabled list.

Pelfrey missed most of the season after having surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his throwing elbow. He's expected to be fine for spring training and should have a spot at the back-end of the Twins' rotation.
Fri, Oct 31, 2014 09:30:00 AM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan on Tuesday ruled Mike Pelfrey (elbow) out for the season.

Pelfrey began a throwing program a few weeks ago and at the time the club left open the possibility of him returning late in the season. However, they've ultimately decided against it. Pelfrey will be fine for spring training.
Tue, Aug 19, 2014 07:58:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (elbow) began a throwing program on Wednesday.

Pelfrey has been out since May 2, first with a groin strain and then nerve irritation in his elbow. He's got a long way back, but it's a step in the right direction. Pelfrey could be back with the Twins for a September cameo if things progress well.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 06:54:00 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Friday that Mike Pelfrey no longer has numbness in his hand.

Pelfrey underwent surgery in June to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his throwing elbow. Ryan said that he "wouldn't be surprised" if the righty is done for the season -- and in all likelihood, he is -- but he left the door open for a September return.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Twins transferred RHP Mike Pelfrey from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

The move opened up a spot on the 40-man roster for Yohan Pino. Pelfrey underwent surgery last week to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his throwing elbow and is likely done for the season.
Thu, Jun 19, 2014 04:31:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey will be sidelined for the next 2-4 months after having surgery Tuesday to relieve pressure on his ulnar nerve.

It's an operation that seems likely to end his season. Pelfrey had been on the disabled list with a groin injury, but he had to be shut down late last month due to the elbow issue. If his season is indeed over, Pelfrey will have posted a 7.99 ERA over five starts. He's under contract for $5.5 million next season.
Tue, Jun 10, 2014 07:09:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (elbow) is scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Monday.

Pelfrey is on anti-inflammatory medication, but it hasn't completely solved his nerve issue. The right-hander started the season off poorly with a 7.99 ERA in his first five outings. Any sort of elbow surgery would put the remainder of the 2014 campaign in jeopardy.
Wed, Jun 4, 2014 07:55:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey's rehab has been shut down for a few days as the Twins wait to see how his elbow reacts to anti-inflammatory medication.

Hopefully he's able to resume throwing soon. While no structural damage was found in an MRI taken last week, Pelfrey is going to receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews. Pelfrey's already well-acquainted with Dr. Andrews, as he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012. This season, the righty put up an ERA of close to 8.00 prior to being shut down with a groin injury. The elbow issues only began to flare up during his minor league rehab sessions.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 07:46:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (groin, elbow) will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews.

Pelfrey's elbow is fine structurally, but it's possible he'll need minor surgery to fix some nerve irritation. The right-hander is dealing with some tingling in his fingers, a condition that evidently dates back to spring training. It's not clear how long a procedure would sideline him.
Fri, May 30, 2014 05:36:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (groin) has been diagnosed with nerve irritation in his right elbow.

Pelfrey was said to have been shut down from his rehab assignment due to shoulder issues, but it's apparently his elbow that's the concern. The righty is experiencing some tingling in his fingers as a result of the nerve irritation. The Twins don't think the ailment is serious, but it's not clear how long Pelfrey will be out.
Fri, May 30, 2014 04:21:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (groin) returned from his rehab assignment on Wednesday due to shoulder soreness.

That's not a good sign. Pelfrey had been improving after being placed on the DL with a groin strain, so the shoulder issue is a new development. Pelfrey will be examined by team doctors on Wednesday, and more should be known about any new injuries and a possible timetable for return from those ailments.
Wed, May 28, 2014 08:01:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey will make a rehab start Friday for Triple-A Rochester.

Pelfrey will throw around 60 pitches in the start, his first since hitting the disabled list on May 2. He'll have 30 days to rehab before being required to be activated, and the Twins will likely take their time to ensure the 30-year-old makes it back healthy.
Wed, May 14, 2014 08:12:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (groin) threw a bullpen session Tuesday.

It's another step in the right direction for Pelfrey, who was placed on the disabled list May 2 with a left groin strain. The 30-year-old had a 7.99 ERA and 18 walks through his first 23 2/3 innings this season, so the Twins probably won't rush him back.
Tue, May 6, 2014 04:52:00 PM

Mike Pelfrey (groin) continues to improve and increase activity.

Pelfrey was placed on the disabled list last week with a left groin strain. He's making progress, but might return as a reliever. The 30-year-old has an ugly 7.99 ERA and 18 walks through 23 2/3 innings this season.
Mon, May 5, 2014 04:42:00 PM

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