Waldrop set to pitch in rehab assignment

Waldrop set to pitch in rehab assignment

MINNEAPOLIS -- Reliever Kyle Waldrop, who is on the disabled list with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, threw his third bullpen on Friday and is set to head out on a rehab assignment on Saturday.

Waldrop said he's scheduled to fly to Fort Myers, Fla., where he's set to pitch in extended Spring Training. He said there's no official timetable for his return, but that he expects to see action in three or four games before he'll be ready to come off the DL.

"I'll be able to get into game action and really test it out and let it go," Waldrop said. "Hopefully everything will be fine and it won't be too long after that."

The Twins still haven't said whether Waldrop will be optioned to Triple-A once activated from the DL or if he'll stay on the big league roster. But Waldrop said this is a positive step in his recovery.

"It's good," Waldrop said. "We're obviously not out of the woods yet. But it's nice to see light at the end of the tunnel. We're moving forward and progressing on a steady schedule. So far it's worked well, so it's good to get back to a competitive atmosphere."