Tommy Milone skipped his last turn in the Twins’ rotation with a tired shoulder and now he has been scratched from Monday’s start against the Tigers due to neck soreness.
The good news is that Milone’s shoulder feels better, but he acknowledged to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press today that his neck has been an issue all year. While he has been able to manage the condition until now, he tweaked it while throwing in the bullpen Wednesday. He told La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he felt it “on every pitch” while trying again today.
Milone was acquired from the Athletics at the end of July for outfielder Sam Fuld. The 27-year-old southpaw had a 3.55 ERA over 16 starts with Oakland prior to the trade, but he has struggled to the tune of a 7.40 ERA and 12/11 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings over his first five starts with Minnesota.