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#1 minn55441

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:40 AM

I was not able to find the exact dates of the surgeries, but I believe Baker had Tommy John in Mid April of 2012 and Pelfrey had Surgery in May of 2012. In an article posted at the end of April this is what was said about Baker.

"His recent surgery requires a total twelve or more months of rest as the team doctors also agree that he should not be hurrying to play again instead take complete rest and try to prolong his career with the Twins and in the MLB."

This is what lead me and many to believe that Baker would not be ready for opening day 2013. Why do I keep hearing that Pelfrey is expected to be ready for us on Opening day 2013 when his surgery took place after Bakers? Everyone responds differently to surgery, but just about everywhere I have read that Baker will not be ready whereas Pelfrey will be ready, where is this coming from? It always seems that guys take almost a full year to recover and then another year to become close to where they were at prior to surgery. This would lead to Pelfrey being a real contributor in 2014. He is on a one year contract for us. Am I wrong in thinking that Gibson will be in a better position to contribute than Pelfrey this season?

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 09:49 AM

Darren Wolfson tweeted last weekend, "#MNTwins source confirms Pelfrey move. When asked via text if he'll be ready for Opening Day, the source said, "Most likely not... close.""

I have read somewhere that he was already throwing and throwing pretty well, so that's encouraging.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:00 AM

I don't think any of them will be much tell Sept.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:03 AM

I was not able to find the exact dates of the surgeries, but I believe Baker had Tommy John in Mid April of 2012 and Pelfrey had Surgery in May of 2012. In an article posted at the end of April this is what was said about Baker.

"His recent surgery requires a total twelve or more months of rest as the team doctors also agree that he should not be hurrying to play again instead take complete rest and try to prolong his career with the Twins and in the MLB."

This is what lead me and many to believe that Baker would not be ready for opening day 2013. Why do I keep hearing that Pelfrey is expected to be ready for us on Opening day 2013 when his surgery took place after Bakers? Everyone responds differently to surgery, but just about everywhere I have read that Baker will not be ready whereas Pelfrey will be ready, where is this coming from? It always seems that guys take almost a full year to recover and then another year to become close to where they were at prior to surgery. This would lead to Pelfrey being a real contributor in 2014. He is on a one year contract for us. Am I wrong in thinking that Gibson will be in a better position to contribute than Pelfrey this season?


Pelfrey had surgery on May 1, so the recovery time is a wash. Ryan must have gotten an all-systems-go from his medical staff, as otherwise this signing makes little sense. As a one-year guy who is looking for a bigger payday when healthy, the Twins, in effect, have a very precarious 4 month window to flip him in. The best way to flip him is to limit his innings and hope for a few good performances in May/June that peaks some interest. So yeah, Gibson is in a better position, but the Twins have their own set of workload calculations and risk/contract managment with him.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:04 AM

Darren Wolfson tweeted last weekend, "#MNTwins source confirms Pelfrey move. When asked via text if he'll be ready for Opening Day, the source said, "Most likely not... close.""

I have read somewhere that he was already throwing and throwing pretty well, so that's encouraging.


Thanks, Seth. Amongst the vast sea of negativity, you always find at least a nugget of hope to hang out hats on.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 10:10 AM

I looked into this as well after the Pelfrey signing. Pelfrey's was May 1, Baker's was April 16th or 17th.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:06 PM

Baker also had a second injury, I don't know how or if that impacted his rehab.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:07 PM

Baker also had a second injury, I don't know how or if that impacted his rehab.


Right. I can't say I'm positive of the details, but I think Baker had his proflexor tendon cleaned up (the original reason for the surgery) in addition to the TJ, which was added in mid-operation. I'd be curious to hear whether that lengthens the rehab timeline.

In any event, pitchers are coming back from Tommy John quicker than ever these days, though you wouldn't know it as a Twins fan. As things stand, Pelfrey is two years younger than Baker and his arm has held up better to the rigors of the major leagues, so I'd bet on him bouncing back more quickly. That's a big reason I prefered him on a one-year deal.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 01:50 PM

In any event, pitchers are coming back from Tommy John quicker than ever these days, though you wouldn't know it as a Twins fan. As things stand, Pelfrey is two years younger than Baker and his arm has held up better to the rigors of the major leagues, so I'd bet on him bouncing back more quickly. That's a big reason I prefered him on a one-year deal.


If we are looking at him long term, we should have gone two years or at least had options put into the contract. If we are only looking for a stopgap starter to fill out the rotation until our future get here, then we should have signed someone that was ready on opening day, like Corriea. I know he doesn't have any upside, but at least he will be able to eat 200 plus innings for us and bridge the gap to 2015. The only way the Pelfrey signing makes sense is that we get him healthy and build his demand, so that we can flip him at the tread deadline. Some how I can't see Terry making the signing with that as the game plan.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:39 PM

I know this sounds bad, but Pelfrey is a 1 year contract, not a long term deal, so quite frankly, I doubt they care much about limiting his innings. If he was a young guy under team control, like Gibson, it's a different story.