The Minnesota Twins need all the help they can get after losing their fifth straight game. Hopefully, starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey will provide the spark the team needs when he is activated off the disabled list. Even though Pelfrey has struggled mightily on the mound this season, the Twins are hoping he can turn it around when he makes his next start.
To make room for Pelfrey on the active roster, Minnesota sent right-hander P.J. Walters down to the minors. Walters has not fared much better than Pelfrey in 2013, but the Twins are willing to see if Pelfrey can give them an extra edge after getting plenty of rest over the past few weeks.
“Somebody was going to have to go,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said, according to MinnesotaTwins.com. “We like those guys out there. P.J. has thrown some pretty good ballgames for us. He actually pitched pretty well. He had a couple of rough starts in a row, and [Wednesday] was a good start. He kind of ran out of gas, ran into a block there at the end … but he’s thrown good for us.”
Walters surrendered three earned runs on four hits in a loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday. After giving up 19 earned runs in his last 14 innings, it appears the Twins made the right decision to put him to work in Triple-A.
Meanwhile, Pelfrey has an opportunity to start off on the right foot after not appearing in a game since June 18. He has allowed at least three earned runs in seven of his last eight starts, a trend Minnesota would certainly like to see him break. Pelfrey will get his opportunity when he takes the mound Saturday against the Toronto Blue Jays.