The Twins recently announced that Tommy Milone won the fifth spot in the starting rotation, which meant that Mike Pelfrey was the odd man out and was headed to the bullpen. That irked the 31-year-old, who told the media, “I think I showed them I can start. If [a trade] happens, great. Let’s go.”
Pelfrey took back those comments on Sunday. Per Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Pelfrey admitted, “My emotions probably got the best of me.” He said he’d go to the bullpen and “figure this thing out.”
Pelfrey started only five games last season with poor results, eventually undergoing surgery on his right elbow. He has pitched well this spring, though, allowing four runs (two earned) on 15 hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings. Pelfrey is earning $5.5 million the second of a two-year, $11 million contract signed in December 2013.
TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.
Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.
If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.
“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”
Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.
The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.
Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.