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.