Pelfrey pleased with penultimate spring start

Pelfrey pleased with penultimate spring start

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Right-hander Mike Pelfrey turned in his best outing of the spring Monday in a 4-3 loss against the Cardinals and said he's excited about the start of the regular season.

Pelfrey, who had Tommy John surgery on May 1, gave up one run on five hits and a walk over five innings. He pitched on three days' rest, as he last threw in a Minor League game Thursday because Wednesday's game at Hammond Stadium was rained out.

"They wanted me to get back on my normal schedule, but I think it was a good sign to come back after just three days," Pelfrey said. "I felt great."

Pelfrey threw 84 pitches and said he hopes to get closer to 90-100 pitches in his last outing Saturday against the Red Sox in the Twins' last Spring Training game of the year. He said he doesn't know where he'll be slotted into the rotation once the season begins, but is just happy to be healthy, considering he had elbow surgery less than 11 months ago.

"I'm pleased with where we're at," Pelfrey said. "I'll have one more on Saturday and then we'll be ready for showtime."

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