Tommy Milone had a benign tumor removed from his neck

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On December 4, Twins starter Tommy Milone had a benign tumor surgically removed from his neck, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. He was able to start his throwing program on schedule, however, and should be ready to go when spring training begins.

Milone, 28 in February, joined the Twins at the trade deadline last season when the Athletics acquired outfielder Sam Fuld. The lefty dealt with neck soreness during the second half and wasn’t nearly as effective, posting a 7.06 second-half ERA over five starts compared to 3.55 over 16 first-half starts.

Milone will compete for a spot in the back of the Twins’ starting rotation against Trevor May, Mike Pelfrey, and Alex Meyer.