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37 Mike Pelfrey SP
Height/Weight: 6-7/240 | Birthdate: 1/14/1984 | Birthplace: Wright Patterson AFB, OH | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: Wichita State | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $4,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 3/2 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Twins RHP Pelfrey coming through 'crossroads' of career


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) The lights-out performance by Twins right-hander Mike Pelfrey in Kansas City on Wednesday seemingly came out of nowhere. But not to him. He believes regaining his health after season-ending elbow surgery in 2014 is a key to his success.

The 31-year-old Pelfrey insisted through spring training that he was healthy, but it took the suspension of teammate Ervin Santana to move him from the bullpen into the rotation. The rest is history - Pelfrey has pitched better in every start. He peaked by tossing seven innings of five-hit shutout ball against the hot Royals to lower his ERA to 2.65.

"I think going ino the offsdason, I was at a crossroads at my career," he told MLB.com. "I busted my tail to come back. I wanted to be a starting pitcher. It didn't happen the way I envisioned it, but I'm thankful to get this opportunity and I hope I can run with it."

Pelfrey had not thrown seven innings without allowing an earned run since Aug. 27, 2010. His victory Wednesday broke a stretch of 13 consecutive winless starts.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey strikes out four in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey pitched seven scoreless innings in Wednesday night's 3-0 win over the Roylas. 

Pelfrey struck out four batters and walked two. He gave up five hits on his 99 pitches. Pelfrey earned his first win of the season and is now 1-0. His ERA is now at 2.65. Pelfrey's next projected start is on April 28 against the Tigers. 

"Mike really picked us up," Twins manager Paul Molitor said, via MLB.com. "A tough loss last night and we've had trouble on the road, even though it's early. He seemed to get a little stronger. We let him ride through seven and he got through it." 


Twins general manager expects pitcher Mike Pelfrey to be better


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey is off to a slow start in 2015 and general manager Terry Ryan said he expects better from his right hander, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"He can do better. We expect him to do better," Ryan said. "I wasn't worried about his pace. I was worried about him putting away hitters."

In two starts this season, Pelrey has allowed five earned runs in 10 innings (4.50 ERA) with four strike outs and five walks.

Twins starter Mike Pelfrey allow one run over five innings for no decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/17/2015) Twins starter Mike Pelfrey took a no decision on against the Indians on Friday, allowing one run in five innings of work.

Pelfrey's next start is Wednesday in Kansas City.

Twins' Mike Pelfrey serves up two HRs in loss to White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey surrendered a pair of home runs and was unable to factor into the decision Saturday afternoon against the White Sox.

Pelfrey (0-1)  was unable to preserve an early four-run advantage, serving up homers to Adam LaRoche in the second and Geovany Soto in the fourth. He was charged with four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out one over five innings of a 5-4 defeat. Of his 81 pitches, 53 were strikes.

Pelfrey, who owns a 7.20 ERA after his first start of the season, will look to get back on track Friday at home against Cleveland. He permitted three runs over 5 1/3 innings of work last season against the Indians.


Santana suspended for PEDs; Pelfrey joins rotation, Thompson recalled


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, which is a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Friday. 

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Twins said in a statement Friday. "We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter.”

Santana's suspension comes a day after Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was suspended 80 games for also testing positive for Stanozolol. 

The 32-year-old Santana is in his first year with the Twins after signing a four-year, $55 million contract in the offseason. He also has a $14 million team option for a fifth year.

Mike Pelfrey, who lost out on the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, will avoid a bullpen assignment and take Santana's spot in the rotation. Reliever Aaron Thompson was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Santana's roster spot.

"I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance enhancing drug," Santana said in a statement. "I am frustrated that I can't pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body. I would never knowingly take anything illegal to enhance my performance. What I can guarantee is I never knowingly took anything illegal to enhance my performance. That's just not me, never has ben and never will."


Twins bullpen set after Caleb Thielbar sent down to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) The Twins have optioned left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar down to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

With Thielbar heading down to the minors to start the season, Minnesota's seven-man bullpen will include Glen Perkins, Casey Fien, Brian Duensing, JR Graham, Blaine Boyer, Mike Pelfrey and Tim Stauffer.


Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey makes first appearance out of the bullpen


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey threw one scoreless inning Sunday, sending the Orioles down in order. Pelfrey, who made his frustrations about the transition known, settled down a bit and felt somewhat comfortable in the appearance, reports MLB.com.

"It was good," Pelfrey said. "At the end of the day, I have a lot of respect for him. I got a lot of things off my chest, and he got a lot off his. So it was a very good discussion. Obviously, my emotions probably got the best of me yesterday. So I told him I'm going to be professional and go to the 'pen and give it everything I have."

He has made just four appearances out of the bullpen in his career compared to 183 starts.

"I wanted to see how fast I could do it, and it was surprising to me I only needed those 10-12 pitches," Pelfrey said. "So that was pretty good. I think the hardest part was playing catch before the game and then waiting around and doing it again."


Mike Pelfrey would welcome a trade from Twins


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) One day after being demoted to the bullpen, Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey said he would welcome a trade. 

Pelfrey didn't quite make a trade demand, but he told the Pioneer Press, "Obviously if some team realizes I'm healthy for the first time in years, and this is probably the best I've felt and thinks I can help them, let's do it. I think I showed them that I could start. If it happens, great. Let's go."

Twins GM Terry Ryan said neither Pelfrey nor agent Scott Boras has requested a trade from the team, per Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press


Frustrated Pelfrey loses rotation battle, demoted to Twins' bullpen


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey was unable to crack the starting rotation, and was demoted to the bullpen for the first time in his career, according to the Pioneer Press on Saturday.

Pelfrey told reporters he was frustrated because he doesn't believe he was outpitched this spring. The 6-foot-5 right-hander registered a 1.32 ERA, a 1.24 WHIP and a 7:2 K:BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings of work in Grapefruit League play.

He lost the spot to Tommy Milone, who posted a 4.50 ERA, a 1.36 WHIP and an 8:4 K:BB ratio over 14 innings.

Pelfrey revealed that he confronted the coaching staff and asked if the competition for the fifth rotation spot was actually open and was told him "yes," though he disagrees. According to the Pioneer Press, Pelfrey said he has not been given an indication that a trade is in the works and added that he would not approve an option to Triple-A.

"That won't happen," Pelfrey said.


Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey may be out of rotation mix


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(3/25/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey, who's fighting to crack the starting rotation, is scheduled to make his next on Saturday, however manager Paul Molitor would not comment Wednesday when asked if that was still the plan, reports TwinCities.com.

“We are in progress on making that decision,” Molitor said.

In his last start on Monday against the Phillies, Pelfrey allowed one earned run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings.

Overall this spring Pelfrey has allowed two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings for a 1.32 ERA.


Twins SP Mike Pelfrey appears to be fading in SP competition


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey made his second straight start and fourth appearance this spring Monday against the Phillies. Pelfrey, who is vying for a spot in the rotation, allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks, while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings during a 3-0 loss.

Pelfrey (0-2) gave up six singles and a two-run homer to Cody Asche. He has a 1.32 ERA through 13 2/3 innings.

“I’m at peace,” Pelfrey said of his spring performance, per the Pioneer Press. “I feel good. I’m healthy. I just want to pitch.”

While Pelfrey's numbers look good, it doesn't appear he has done enough to win the final spot in the rotation. It appears Tommy Milone and Trevor May remain the favorites to win the job.

“He battled. I have to give him that,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “I don’t think his command was great. Threw a lot of split-fingers today, which he’s gaining confidence in. Some looked very effective and there were a couple that were kind of noncompetitive. It’s a work in progress.

“We’ll determine what (Pelfrey is) going to do next here in the short term. May’s pitched well. Milone’s pitched fairly well. And we know Mike’s done a a good job of coming back. It will be challenging, but I like my options.”


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' Pelfrey compiling strong resume in battle for rotation spot


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey strengthened his case for the final spot in the team's rotation with a solid outing Wednesday against the Red Sox. Making his first spring start and third appearance, Pelfrey allowed one run on three hits and no walks in four innings. He struck out three.

“He’s kind of added pitches, if you will,” Twins manager Paul Molitor said, referring to Pelfrey’s rarely used curveball and split-change, per the Pioneer Press. “Velocity seems to be doing OK, too. He had a good day, I’d have to say. It’s still a battle.”

After throwing 50 pitches Wednesday, Pelfrey threw another 12-15 pitches in the bullpen.

“That’s a relatively good sign,” Molitor said. “Physically, he feels good. He’s still working on not throwing so many balls and having longer counts.”

Pelfrey has a 1.00 ERA through nine spring innings. He hasn't issued a walk and has struck out five batters.


Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey has little trouble with the Marlins


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey put together three solid innings in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Marlins.

Pelfrey, who had season-ending elbow surgery over nine months ago and is competing for the final spot in the rotation, entered the game in the third inning for reliever Jason Wheeler. He tossed three innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.

"With everybody pitching good, hopefully it makes their decision harder," Pelfrey said after the outing, per MLB.com. "I busted my tail this offseason with the position I'm in. Not only do I owe it to the Twins, I owe it to myself to go out there and give it everything I have. The best thing for me is I'm healthy. When I'm healthy, I feel like I can get people out and be successful. At the end of the day, as long as I feel good, whatever happens, happens."


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.”


Pitcher Mike Pelfrey battling for spot in Twins' rotation this spring


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey could be the fifth starter in the rotation, depending on how he progresses through spring training. Pelfrey allowed one unearned run over two innings in his debut Saturday.

"It was good to see Mike out there," manager Paul Molitor said. "He's waited a long time and put in a lot of work to get where he is."

Even though he labored a bit through his two innings, Molitor liked to see Pelfrey's fight.

"His command wasn't great, but he got through a couple [innings], which was good," said Molitor.


Twins' Mike Pelfrey faces live hitters for first time in 9 months


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Twins RHP Mike Pelfrey faced live hitters for the first time since last May. Pelfrey, who had season-ending elbow surgery nine months ago, threw to batters at Twins' spring training camp on Saturday. 

Pelfrey told MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger that he felt great and was able to locate his pitches. 


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' Mike Pelfrey feels 'normal' heading into camp


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey feels "normal" heading into camp, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The 31-year-old Pelfrey was knocked around in five starts before undergoing elbow surgery last season. He's been able to rehab during the offseason, and should be 100 percent heading into spring training. Pelfrey said he started throwing Dec. 1, and admitted he feels "normal" now. 

Pelfrey posted a 7.99 ERA over five starts last season.


Twins' Ryan 'more interested' in Mike Pelfrey as starter than reliever


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Twins general manager Terry Ryan indicated Friday he likes Mike Pelfrey as more as a starter than reliever, per FOXSportsNorth.com.

"I'm more interested to see what he can do as a starter," Ryan said when asked about Pelfrey pitching out of the bullpen.

Pelfrey, who was limited to five starts in 2014 due to elbow problems, has made 183 career starts and just four relief appearances.


Mike Pelfrey will not pitch again this season


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey will not pitch again this season, according to MLB.com.

Pelfrey is currently throwing from 105 feet, but the team won't rush him back. He's been sidelined since May 1 after elbow surgery. 


Mike Pelfrey begins throwing program


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey began a throwing program Wednesday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pelfrey underwent surgery on his elbow in June to alleviate the pressure on his ulnar nerve. He said earlier in July that the numbness was finally gone from his hand, and it appears he's ready to start working his way back toward a return. Pelfrey hasn't pitched for the Twins since May 1.


Numbness gone, but Mike Pelfrey still could miss season


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey is no longer dealing with numbness in his hand, but he still faces an uphill battle if he hopes to return to action this season.

Pelfrey underwent surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his right elbow, and the fact numbness is no longer an issue means it was a success. However, general manager Terry Ryan told the Star Tribune he "wouldn't be surprised" if Pelfrey is unable to pitch again this season. 


Mike Pelfrey moved to 60-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Twins pitcher Mike Pelfrey was officially transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday. Pelfrey underwent surgery on his right elbow Tuesday to alleviate the pressure on his ulnar nerve. He has been sidelined since May 1 and could be in danger of missing a good portion of the remainder of the season.