Twins not expecting Pelfrey to return this season

Twins not expecting Pelfrey to return this season

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who underwent elbow surgery in early June, isn't expected to start throwing again until September and could miss the rest of the season, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said.

Pelfrey, who is on the 60-day disabled list, had surgery to clean up scar tissue in his right elbow that was causing pressure on his ulnar nerve on June 10.

He's been around the Twins' clubhouse during the homestand, but Ryan said Pelfrey isn't likely to pitch again this season and could see action in the instructional league after the season to get extra work.

"I'm not real sure he's going to pitch this year, but he may," Ryan said. "It won't be anything extensive. He'll be able to play catch in early September, and we'll go from there. But he may not pitch this year. If he does, he does. If he doesn't, no one is going to worry about it. But he feels good, and the numbness in his hand has gone away."

Pelfrey struggled early in the year, going 0-3 with a 7.99 ERA in five starts before originally going on the DL with a groin strain on May 2. He made two rehab starts with Triple-A Rochester in mid-May before undergoing elbow surgery.

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