Tommy Milone SP MIN 5 Days

Milone revealed Saturday that he had a benign tumor removed from his neck Dec. 4, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Neck pain kept Milone off the hill for most of September, and the discomfort continued into the offseason. Eventually, Milone went to see a specialist, and the benign tumor was then found and promptly removed. The right-hander was able to resume throwing just two weeks after the procedure, and he said he feels much better now. Milone will compete for a spot in the Twins' rotation during spring training after posting a 4.19 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 118 innings between Oakland and Minnesota last season.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 14 Days

Milone and the Twins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.775 million deal Friday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Milone struggled for the Twins after they acquired him from Oakland in July, posting a 7.06 ERA, but his career 32-23 record as a starter makes him one of the lead candidates to earn the fifth spot in the Minnesota rotation.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 4 Months

Milone said Tuesday that his stiff neck is getting better, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Milone's balky neck held up during a 30-35 pitch bullpen session Monday, and while there was some initial speculation that he could return as soon as Thursday, the lefty said he's now hoping he'll be able to contribute in relief during this weekend's series in Detroit.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 4 Months

Milone (neck) threw about 30-35 pitches in the bullpen Monday, and could make a return as a reliever as soon as Thursday in Detroit, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Since Milone will not be used as a starter again this season, his value is limited to very deep leagues. It has been a major struggle for Milone since coming to Minnesota from Oakland. He has a 7.40 ERA in five starts (20.2 innings), and his status as a starter next season could be up for debate.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 4 Months

Milone (neck) will take part in long toss prior to Friday's game, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Although Milone was able to play some light catch the past two days, he's still not where he needs to be to pitch for Minnesota, so the team will instead go with Anthony Swarzak on Sunday. However, if Milone continues to progress without a setback, he could still get in one more start before the year is out.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 4 Months

It's not clear if Milone (neck) will start Sunday, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

If Milone can't make the start, Anthony Swarzak will likely make another spot start.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 5 Months

Milone (neck) is dealing with inflammation in his neck, but GM Terry Ryan said there is a possibility he pitches again in 2014, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Milone was scratched from his scheduled start Monday, and an MRI revealed inflammation in his neck, which led to persistent discomfort. With only a dozen games remaining on the schedule, and the Twins well out of contention, it's possible the team will shut Milone down in hopes of avoiding further injury. However, if the inflammation subsides, he could see another start before the season comes to a close.

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Milone (neck) has been scratched from his scheduled start Monday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The Twins will be forced to find a replacement for Monday, after Milone's neck presented issues on every pitch of his bullpen session Saturday morning. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the hope is that Anthony Swarzak will take the hill, though he acknowledged the possibility he may have to use Swarzak out of the bullpen this weekend.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 5 Months

Milone said Saturday that the right side of his neck is still bothering him, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Milone's availability for Monday's start against Detroit is now in question, after his neck presented issues during a side session Saturday. If Milone is unable to go, the Twins may have to turn to Anthony Swarzak to oppose reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer.

Tommy Milone SP MIN 5 Months

Milone (shoulder) is now scheduled to start Monday against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Milone will be afforded a couple extra days to rest his ailing shoulder, with Friday's game postponed due to inclement weather. Phil Hughes and Logan Darnell will start Games 1 and 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, respectively.