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33 Tommy Milone SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/220 | Birthdate: 2/16/1987 | Birthplace: Saugus, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Minnesota | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Salary: $495,000 | Owned/Started%: 5/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Twins not ready to recall Milone despite great Triple-A numbers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone is 4-0 with a 0.28 ERA and 41:2 K:BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings across four starts with Triple-A Rochester, but the team is not yet ready to bring him back to the majors, the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"He's been communicated with about the fact that we know what he's doing," manager Paul Molitor said. "We are paying attention and we are in a little bit of a holding pattern up here because the guys we have up here are holding their own. I think he understands that."

Milone's only run allowed in Triple-A came in the ninth inning Sunday in his fourth start with Rochester.

"It's been incredible," Molitor said. "He has to be up close to 30 innings of really well-pitched baseball."

Milone was 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA and 13:11 K:BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings before being sent down.


Twins looking to Aaron Thompson, Ryan Pressly for long relief


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) The Twins are working without a dedicated long reliever. Tim Stauffer is on the 15-day disabled list, and the team decided to send Tommy Milone to Triple-A so he could remain a starter, instead of sending him to the bullpen. 

Manager Paul Molitor said he'd mix and match pitchers in long-relief situations. Aaron Thompson got the first call, going 2 1/3 innings on Saturday. Ryan Pressly is probably next. 

Pressly was promoted from Triple-A on Friday. 

"Pressly is probably one of the longer guys I could use in a game right now, but it could change day to day," Molitor said, per MLB.com

"It's all fine by me," Pressly said. "I just want to pitch and prove to them I've made some tweaks, and I'm not the same reliever that was all over the place in Spring Training. I just have to take the opportunity and run with it."


Paul Molitor explains demotion of LHP Tommy Milone


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) The Twins reversed their decision to move struggling lefty Tommy Milone into long relief by sending him to Triple-A Rochester.

"It doesn't make sense for him to be up here in the bullpen," Paul Molitor told MLB.com. "He needs to be starting. I think he was a little taken aback. I don't know if he envisioned that scenario unfolding, but he's going to take it and hopefully take our encouragement to go down there and pitch well and be ready."

Milone began the year with 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the White Sox before collapsing. He posted a 7.20 ERA over his next three starts.

Molitor, however, decided it would be more prudent to keep Milone stretched out as a starter so he could be ready if and when his services are required in the rotation.


Twins reinstate Ricky Nolasco, Brian Duensing from disabled list


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/1/2015) The Twins activated pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Brian Duensing from the disabled list Friday, the team announced.

Nolasco was pitching in Class A for his rehab assignment because of right elbow inflammation, while Duensing missed the last 14 games with a right intercostal strain.

In order to have Nolasco and Duensing on the 25-roster, the team sent pitchers Tommy Milone and Caleb Thielbar to its Triple-A affiliate.


Twins to activate, start RHP Nolsaco Saturday vs. White Sox


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) Twins pitcher Ricky Nolasco will be activated from the 15-day disabled list to start Saturday's game against the White Sox, per Fox Sports North.

Nolasco has made one start this season before going down with elbow inflammation. He allowed six earned runs over three innings against the Tigers on Opening Day. Manager Paul Molitor says Nolasco will be on a pitch limit of about 75-80 pitches on Saturday.

The Twins will shift Tommy Milone, who had been scheduled to start Saturday's game, to the bullpen rather than using a six-man rotation. 

Milone has made four starts this season, and currently has a 4.76 ERA and a 13:11 K:BB ratio.


Twins SP Tommy Milone struggles in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone surrendered five runs on eight hits during Monday's 5-4 loss to the Tigers.

Milone tossed four innings during the game while striking out two and walking two. He gave up home runs to Jose Iglesias and Yoenis Cespedes. He was pulled after giving up two singles to lead off the fifth inning.

His next projected start will be Saturday against the White Sox.


Twins starter Tommy Milone gives up two HRs, takes no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/21/2015) Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone allowed four runs, three via the long ball, on five hits in 5 2/3 innings for a no decision Tuesday against the Royals.

Alex Gordon connected for a solo home run and Mike Moustakas added a two-run shot off Milone.

Milone gets back on the mound Monday against the Tigers.

Twins lefty Milone survives against Royals for second win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was pretty ugly. But Twins left-hander Tommy Milone did emerge with a 2-0 record Thursday after beating visiting Kansas City.

Milone was the beneficiary of a rare explosion from an offense that ranked last in the majors in batting average heading in. He yielded three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings, fanning three along the way.

His main culprit was Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain, who slammed a two-run homer in the first inning and added a single and walk against him

Milone, who now boasts a strong 2.08 ERA, will try to remain unbeaten next Tuesday in a rematch with Kansas City, this time on the road.


Twins' Tommy Milone strikes out 7 in win over White Sox


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings en route to a 6-0 win over the White Sox. 

Milone threw 100 pitches and struck out seven batters. He only allowed two hits and walked two. Milone face 26 batters in his pitching appearance of the 2015 season. 

Milone's projected next start will come on April 16 against the Royals. 


Twins' Tommy Milone tosses six one-run innings vs. Yankees


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone allowed one earned run on four hits and two walks in six innings while striking out five in his team's 3-1 win over the Yankees Tuesday.

"Tommy did well," manager Paul Molitor said after the outing, per MLB.com. "He kind of minimized damage when he did have a little bit of difficulty. When he missed, he didn't miss by much. He was around the plate all day with all of his pitches."

Milone was named the No. 5 starter Sunday and delivered a fine performance a few days later.

"It was a success personally, especially coming off last year when I didn't do well at all coming over here," Milone said. "It's kind of nice to have success here and show them that I am the pitcher they traded for. But the job is not over. I have to keep it up."

Milone has posted a 3.60 ERA and 13:6 K:BB ratio in 20 innings this spring.


Twins' Tommy Milone awarded final rotation spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone has been awarded the fifth and final spot in Minnesota's rotation, according to MLB.com. He beat out Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May for the role. May was optioned down to Triple-A.

Milone has a 4.50 ERA through four spring starts. He has eight strikeouts in 14 innings.


Twins pitcher Tommy Milone trying to earn fifth spot


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, gave up three runs on six hits and two walks in five innings during Thursday's spring start against the Red Sox. He struck out three.

"I feel getting ahead was important today," Milone said, per MLB.com. "There were a couple times where I lost command early in at-bats, but I was able to come back and kind of counter and throw some strikes and kind of get back into the count." 

Manager Paul Molitor was short in his response regarding Milone's performance on the mound.

"I thought for the most part he was effective," Molitor said.

Milone has a 4.50 ERA through four spring starts. He has eight strikeouts in 14 innings.


Twins' Molitor discusses battle for final rotation spot


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor is facing a tough decision with a healthy battle underway for the team's fifth-starter role between Mike Pelfrey, Tommy Milone, Alex Meyer and Trevor May, MLB.com reports.

"We hope it's tough because people are performing well," Molitor said. "Mike has had a good spring to this point and is scheduled to pitch again in Clearwater, Fla., [against Philadelphia] on the 23rd. And Milone has looked good and we'll see him [Saturday]. Meyer is a little behind on pitch count but has been fine, and May seems like he has a little more mound presence so far than he did last year. That's probably what that experience did to him."

Pelfrey and Milone remain the top two candidates for the job, with Meyer and May having options remaining that can allow them to open the season at Triple-A. Pelfrey was impressive in a split-squad start Wednesday.

"Mostly, his fastball is getting the groundballs he needs, but he's using his split-finger more and gaining confidence with that pitch, and mixing in his curveball, which he hasn't done for a while," Molitor said. "His pace was pretty good, and we're always looking for those little things like pace and holding runners, and he knows that's important."


Twins' Molitor: Trevor May, Tommy Milone pitch 'well' Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Twins manager Paul Molitor said that pitchers Trevor May and Tommy Milone "threw the ball well" in minor-league action Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

"They both threw the ball well," Molitor said of the two rotation candidates. "Milone gave up a two-run homer in the first on I think a cutter that didn't get in far enough. But they both threw strikes."

Molitor watched the outing from behind the plate rather than at his normal post in the dugout.

"I had a different perspective watching from behind, which I don't normally," Molitor said. "But it gave me a better feel on how their pitches were looking and moving. I thought May did a good job using all of his pitches. His command of his secondary pitches was good, and for him that's something I've been concerned about. And they both did well with the running game and got through it clean for the most part."

May and Milone are competing with Mike Pelfrey and Alex Meyer for the final spot in the team's rotation.


Twins' Tommy Milone, Trevor May take hill Wednesday vs. Rays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2015) The Twins used two candidates for the fifth spot in the rotation during Wednesday's spring game against the Rays. Tommy Milone started Wednesday, and he was immediately followed by Trevor May.

Milone started the game with three scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and struck out three. He has now tossed five scoreless innings through two outings.

"I thought it was another good day," Molitor said of Milone's outing, per MLB.com. "He's using his fastball plenty for a guy throwing it 86-87 [mph]. His deception is good enough, and his command of his offspeed pitches so far in the first couple outings has been effective. He's jamming right-handers and getting them with changeups. So it was a good day, and he did a really nice job with baserunners, too."

May entered the game in the fourth inning. He allowed one run on two hits and one walk in two relief innings. He also struck out four batters. May, who dealt with an illness early in camp, made his first spring appearance Wednesday.

"It's always good to finally get out there on the field -- it's crazy that there were actual hitters and fielders," May said jokingly after the outing. "It felt good to get going. I felt good, I felt strong. It was weird coming from the 'pen so I tried to time it the best I could. But I think all considered, everything felt good coming out of my hand and I threw some good off-speed pitches."


Twins GM Terry Ryan not ready to name favorite for final rotation spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Jim Souhan of The Star Tribune wrote in his Sunday column he feels Alex Meyer is the leading candidate for the final spot in the Twins' rotation. He mentioned it to Twins general manager Terry Ryan, who doesn't appear to have anyone atop his list yet as the favorite for the role of fifth starter.

“You’re ahead of yourself,” Ryan said. “There are people who are going to argue with you. There are other people out there who are going to compete for that job and believe they’re ahead of Alex Meyer, because of their track record and experience.

“One of them is Tommy Milone. He’s got a lot more experience than Alex Meyer. He’s got somewhat close to the same stuff. He’s won 13 games in the big leagues. He isn’t going to want to hear that … stuff.

“There are guys competing out there who want to send Alex Meyer back to the minors. Alex better realize he has to earn this thing. Which is a good position for us to be in.

Tim Stauffer is another guy. He had a good year in San Diego about three years ago. He’s no slouch.

Mike Pelfrey is a good man.  I’m hoping things turn for him. He certainly wants to earn his keep. He has a shot at the fifth spot, and if that doesn’t work out, he has a shot at the bullpen.”


Tommy Milone (neck) ready to compete for spot in Twins rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/25/2015) Twins starting pitcher Tommy Milone, who will be competing for the final spot in the team's rotation, said he was able to prepare for spring training without any issues after having a benign tumor removed from the back of his neck in early December, per MLB.com.

"I'm ready to go," Milone said. "I'm prepared this year more than the last couple years. I don't know if it was just getting a late start on working out or throwing this year because of the neck issue. So I felt like I needed to turn it on double-time once I got healthy."

Milone, who is competing against Mike Pelfrey, Alex Meyer, Trevor May and Tim Stauffer, is considered the favorite for the last spot in the rotation. However, he is taking nothing for granted.

"I don't ever come into spring training thinking I have a spot in the rotation," Milone said. "So I'm just going to treat it the same way. And obviously I don't and it's not a lock. There are a few guys going for it. So you just have to compete."


Twins' Trevor May 'intriguing candidate' for rotation spot


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/10/2015) Twins pitcher Trevor May is an "intriguing candidate" for the rotation's fifth spot, but will have a tough time beating out veterans Tommy Milone and Mike Pelfrey, reports MLB.com. The 6-foot-5 right-hander says he's in the best shape of his life and is looking to build off a solid finish to last season.

In May's last start, against Detroit, he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while fanning seven over six innings.

"Toward the end, I stayed taller and my stuff got better," said May, 25. "I got more swings and misses. The runs that were scoring were more in spurts. And the walks got better, too. I started pounding the zone better than I ever have."

May added he hopes the progress he showed "was enough to keep me in the conversation. But baseball is a business and some guys are on contracts. If you're going to throw as good as them and your stats are identical, they're going to get the job. But that's how it is and I know that. But my job doesn't change because of that. My job is to be in the best shape possible and compete for a spot."

May said he's willing to work out of the bullpen if he doesn't make the rotation.


Twins' Tommy Milone reveals he underwent surgery in December


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone told reporters Saturday he had surgery Dec. 4 to remove a benign tumor from the back of his neck, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The surgery took about an hour to perform and Milone was able to throw 16 days later. The surgery is not expected to impact his availability for spring training. In 2014, Milone went 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA over 118 innings.


Twins' Tommy Milone avoids arbitration, set to make $2.775M in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Twins and pitcher Tommy Milone avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.775 million contract, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Milone made $510,000 in 2014.

The left-handed Milone was acquired in a July trade with the Athletics. He went 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 22 outings (21 starts) in 2014.


Trevor Plouffe among six Twins players tendered Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2014) The Twins tendered contracts to all six of their arbitration-eligible players prior to Tuesday's deadline, MLB.com reports. Those players include: Third baseman Trevor Plouffe, reliever Brian Duensing, outfielder Jordan Schafer, shortstop Eduardo Nunez, pitchers Tommy Milone and Casey Fien.

Twins' Tommy Milone penciled into rotation


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/6/2014) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone is penciled into the team's rotation next season, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Milone is due arbitration, and there was some thought the team would non-tender him instead of pay him. That won't be the case. As of now, Milone is expected to open 2015 in the team's rotation. He'll likely have to fight for a spot in spring training. Last year, Milone had a 4.19 ERA over 118 innings. 


Tommy Milone pitches the ninth in blowout win Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone struck out two and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth inning of a 12-3 win over Detroit Saturday night, his first appearance back from a neck injury. Milone is 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP over 118 innings of work this season.

Tommy Milone expected to pitch a 'clean inning or two' this weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone threw a bullpen session on Thursday without any issues. Milone, who is working back from neck stiffness, is expected to a "clean inning or two" at some point during the final weekend of the season, the St. Paul Pioneer-Press reports.

Tommy Milone could return Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/22/2014) Twins pitcher Tommy Milone threw approximately 30-35 pitches in a bullpen session on Monday. Milone, who missed Sunday's start with neck stiffness, could return to the mound as early as Thursday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.