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Mike Pelfrey out 2-4 months after right elbow surgery

Jun 10, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

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Twins starter Mike Pelfrey was placed on the disabled list in early May because of a groin injury.

And he might not make it back this season.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Pelfrey underwent  previously-unannounced surgery on his right elbow Tuesday to relieve pressure from his ulnar nerve. The recovery period for such a procedure is 2-4 months, meaning the right-hander is out until at least early August and could very well be in rehab mode through early October.

Pelfrey, who somehow scored a two-year, $11 million free agent contract from Minnesota over the winter, had registered a horrid 7.99 ERA and 1.99 WHIP through 23 2/3 innings (five starts) this season.

Via our friend Ryan Boyer from Rotoworld


  1. maritime85 - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:11 PM

    Didnt even know pelf was still in mlb

  2. happytwinsfan - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    When he’s on he is a ground ball pitcher. Maybe he comes back next year as a mid reliever and the Twins get back about a third of the value of the second year. FA pitchers are like lottery tickets. Maybe this one has some scratch off value.

    • zzalapski - Jun 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM

      If it means that Pelfrey is destined to be discarded at a gas station, I can buy that analogy.

      He hasn’t approached mediocrity since 2010. If the Twins knew what they were doing, they’d recognize him as a sunk cost and stop wasting their time with him as soon as possible.

      • pmcenroe - Jun 16, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        It appears(and I could be wrong) that Pelfrey still has 1 option left, so as long as they don’t keep running him out there at the expense of better options (May, Meyer, etc). Having him around next season at least gives them some depth (even at AAA). Which as 2011-2013 showed the Twins desperately need.

  3. migoli - Jun 10, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Good….good. Now just need Correia to get hurt and/or keep being terrible ( despite his solid start tonight)

  4. Cris E - Jun 10, 2014 at 11:18 PM

    And here I thought that “groin injury” was just an excuse to get him as far from Target Field as possible.

  5. dluxxx - Jun 11, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Well, hopefully they had some sort of insurance policy on him so it isn’t a complete loss of revenue on the season.

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