Jeremy Guthrie makes rehab start, on track to return Tuesday

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According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Jeremy Guthrie is poised to return from the disabled list after tossing four scoreless innings this afternoon in a minor league rehab start with High-A Modesto.

Guthrie, who landed on the disabled list two weeks ago after spraining his right shoulder in a bicycle accident, allowed only two hits while striking out four and walking just one. Barring any setbacks, the 33-year-old right-hander is expected to rejoin the Rockies’ rotation for a start Tuesday against the Giants.

Guthrie was acquired from the Orioles in in early February in exchange for right-handers Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom. He had an ugly 5.92 ERA and 5/10 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings over his first four starts prior to the injury. Long way to go, obviously, but that deal is looking pretty good for the Orioles thus far.

Report: Twins interested in Wade Miley

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Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.

The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.

Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”