Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 3 Days

Pelfrey may not get another start this spring, which could indicate he's fallen behind Tommy Milone and Trevor May in the battle for the fifth starter role, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He is a candidate to be used in the bullpen if not in the rotation, Twins GM Terry Ryan told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Nothing is official but it sounds like Pelfrey is headed to the bullpen and will work in long relief. The Twins had previously said he wasn't a candidate for the bullpen since it takes him time to get loose. He's had a strong spring with a 1.32 ERA and 7:2 K:BB ratio in 13.2 innings.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 4 Days

Pelfrey gave up two runs (one earned) and seven hits over 4.2 innings in Monday's spring training loss to the Phillies. He has a 1.32 ERA this spring and remains in the fifth starter battle with Tommy Milone and Trevor May, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

It may have been Pelfrey's worst outing of the spring, but the battle between the three starters is too close to call. Pelfrey may have an advantage in that he's not seen as a candidate for the bullpen, while Milone could move to relief. Milone could have an edge as he'd give the Twins a lefty in the rotation.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 8 Days

Tommy Milone and Pelfrey have emerged as the top candidates for Minnesota's fifth starter job, MLB.com reports.

Alex Meyer was sent to minor league camp Friday and Tim Stauffer was sent to the bullpen. Trevor May is also in the mix, but he's seen behind since he could be optioned to the minors. Pelfrey is in the final year of a two-year, $11 million contract which could work in his favor. Pelfrey has give up just one run in nine innings this spring. Pelfrey struggled last season with a 7.99 ERA and just a 10:18 K:BB ratio in 23.2 innings before he was shut down with a sore elbow that eventually required surgery. Even if he wins the job, his meager strikeout rate (career 5.2 K/9) would appear to limit his upside.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 9 Days

Pelfrey gave up one run over four innings with three strikeouts and no walks in Wednesday's split squad win over Boston. He's given up just one earned run in nine innings this spring with a 5:0 K:BB ratio.

Pelfrey remains in the job battle for the fifth starter role and his strong showing in three spring starts may have him in the lead. Still, the race is a toss up between Pelfrey, Alex Meyer, Tommy Milone and Trevor May.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 24 Days

Pelfrey is unlikely to be a candidate for the bullpen if he doesn't win the fifth starter role, manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Mike traditionally has been a guy that takes some time to get ready, and it'd be a big transition for him to get up and throw 12 pitches and come into the ballgame," Molitor said.

Pelfrey struggled last season with a 7.99 ERA and just a 10:18 K:BB ratio in 23.2 innings before he was shut down with a sore elbow that eventually required surgery to relieve pressure on his ulnar nerve. He's a long shot to win the fifth starter role over Alex Meyer, Tommy Milone, Trevor May, and Tim Stauffer. Pelfrey may need to pitch in the minors to revive his career as a result.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 28 Days

Pelfrey (elbow) threw to live hitters Saturday for the first time since undergoing surgery in May, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Pelfrey was reportedly pleased with how the session went, saying he felt great and that he was able to locate his pitches. Although the right-hander didn't return after undergoing surgery to relieve pressure near the ulnar nerve in his elbow, he was able to resume mound work in September and entered spring training without any major restrictions. Pelfrey is competing for a rotation spot but could also be a bullpen option if he fails to earn a starting job.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 2 Months

Pelfrey (elbow) said Saturday that he will go into spring training healthy and ready to compete for a rotation spot, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in Pelfrey's right elbow effectively ended the 31-year-old's 2014 season in June, but he was able to resume throwing bullpen sessions before the end of September. Pelfrey was then able to go through his normal offseason routine, and will now look to start anew after going 5-16 with a 5.56 ERA in his first two years with the Twins. He could be a bullpen option if he fails to claim a rotation spot.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 6 Months

Pelfrey (elbow) has resumed throwing bullpen sessions, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The right-hander was restricted to long tossing for about a month, but he's back on elevated ground and has already worked himself up to 45 pitches. Despite his progress, the Twins plan to hold him out of all game action until next spring.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 7 Months

Pelfrey (elbow) has ruled out returning to the Twins before the end of the season, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Pelfrey has started up his throwing program and has recently begun throwing from 105 feet, but the Twins have already told him they have no intentions of rushing him back to the major league roster over the final few weeks of the season. Instead, Pelfrey will slowly work his way up to throwing from 150 feet, before tossing bullpen sessions every third day prior to the end of the season. By proceeding slowly with Pelfrey's recovery, the Twins are hopeful they can salvage some value from the right-hander as he enters the final season of his two-year, $11 million contract in 2015.

Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 8 Months

Mike Pelfrey (elbow) began a throwing program on Wednesday.

Pelfrey has been out since May 2, first with a groin strain and then nerve irritation in his elbow. He's got a long way back, but it's a step in the right direction. Pelfrey could be back with the Twins for a September cameo if things progress well.