Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey will begin his rehab assignment on Monday with Single-A Cedar Rapids as he prepares to make his way back to the big leagues. Pelfrey was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 19 with soreness in his back.
“We’ve got a nice plan for him,” manager Ron Gardenhire said, according to MinnesotaTwins.com. “He’s going to definitely pitch somewhere and eventually get activated and make his start, probably by like next Saturday.”
The 29-year-old has struggled mightily this season on the mound. He has posted a 3-6 record with a 6.11 earned run average and 38 strikeouts in 70 2/3 innings. In fact, he has given up at least three earned runs in seven of his last eight starts, including four earned runs on 10 hits against the Chicago White Sox in his last outing prior to going on the disabled list.
Even though Pelfrey has been less than stellar in his 14 starts this season, the Twins are still looking forward to his return. Minnesota believes that if the right-hander can get healthy enough where he is comfortable on the mound then he should be a factor in helping the team climb up the standings in the American League Central division.
However, Pelfrey is not the most patient person when it comes to recovering from injuries, which could cause all sorts of problems if the Twins do not monitor him carefully. Even though Gardenhire is eyeing up a start next weekend, the organization must be absolutely sure Pelfrey is ready to go before they give him the green light.