BOSTON -- Right-hander Cole De Vries made his first rehab start with Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Sunday and will make his next start with Double-A New Britain on Friday.
De Vries, on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 30 with a right forearm strain, tossed four innings for the Miracle, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits. He also struck out two and walked none.
"He came through all right," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "He got to about 50 pitches or so. So he'll pitch May 10 for New Britain at home and we'll see how he does. We'll stretch him out again."
Ryan said he's not sure how many more rehab starts De Vries will need before he's ready to return, but wants to see him hit the 100-pitch mark first. And more importantly, he wants to see De Vries pitch effectively before they activate him from the DL.
"I don't know yet," Ryan said. "I'm more concerned about him being sharp. Just getting there [to 100 pitches] doesn't do anybody any good."