Pelfrey, who is competing to be the fifth starter in the Twins rotation, gave up a two-run homer in the second inning to Philadelphia third baseman Cody Asche. It was the only blemish on what for the most part has been a solid day and spring for Pelfrey.
In 13 2/3 innings for the Twins this spring, the right-hander has posted a 1.32 ERA, but will that be good enough for him to hold on to the No. 5 spot in the Twins pitching rotation?
"I think there were a lot of positives out of today, but there were also a lot of negatives," Pelfrey told reporters afterward. "I think command was an issue today without a lot of first-pitch strikes. I've made four starts, and I think first-pitch strikes were only good in one of them, so it's something I need to get better at. But I feel like my arm strength is better."
That could leave Pelfrey in an unfamiliar role – coming out of the bullpen.
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With Pelfrey's limited bullpen experience and his strong spring numbers, the Twins might be trying to generate a trade market for Pelfrey.
Off The Baggy notes that both the New York Mets and Toronto Blue Jays have had significant injuries to their pitching staffs already.