Slama back in action after elbow woes

Slama back in action after elbow woes

Slama back in action after elbow woes
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Anthony Slama, who has been sidelined all month with a stress reaction in his right elbow, threw in a Minor League game against the Red Sox on Friday, allowing one run on one hit while walking one and striking out two in one inning of work.

Slama has made just one Grapefruit League appearance this spring, on Feb. 28 when he allowed two runs on four hits in an inning against the Red Sox. Shortly after that appearance, he suffered the stress reaction, caused by bones in his elbow rubbing against each other, during spring workouts.

Slama threw bullpen sessions on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday before being declared ready to face live hitters in a Minor League game on Friday.

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"I'm pretty excited about it," said Slama, who posted 7.71 ERA in 4 2/3 innings with the Twins last season. "It's good to be back on track. The elbow feels fine. There's just a little bit of swelling, but we're getting it knocked out and taking care of it."

Additionally, three other Twins relievers saw action in the Minors on Friday, with Joe Nathan, Jose Mijares and Dusty Hughes each pitching a scoreless inning in relief.

Nathan, pitching on the second straight day for the first time this spring, struck out a batter in his scoreless inning. And Mijares, who was also making a back-to-back relief appearance after pitching a perfect ninth inning against the Phillies on Thursday, surrendered three hits, but didn't allow a run. Hughes, who hasn't given up a run over 10 innings in Grapefruit League play, struck out two in his scoreless inning.

"They did fine," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It was all quick and painless. They all threw the ball good."