MINNEAPOLIS Mike Pelfrey, the newest Minnesota Twins pitcher, is coming off Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He's also switching to the American League for the first time after seven years in the National League.
Minnesota general manager Terry Ryan doesn't think either of those will limit Pelfrey from being a key member of the team's starting rotation in 2013. The Twins officially announced they signed Pelfrey on Thursday, inking the right-hander to a one-year, 4 million contract.
"He's got the size. He's got pitches. He's got to have velocity," Ryan said. "He's in the prime of his career and we're hoping a change of scenery will do him some good. We certainly think the ballpark is conducive to who he is."
Pelfrey, 28, pitched in just three games last season with the Mets before having Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in early May. Ryan said Pelfrey will participate in spring training and should be able to start the...