Trevor May looked set to win a spot in the rotation last spring after being used as a reliever in 2016, but he hurt his elbow and missed the season after Tommy John surgery. May had a 12.7 K/9 and 93.9 mph average fastball in 2016 but posted a 5.27 ERA as he struggled with a balky back. His strikeout rates suggest he could have success as starter or setup man, but he may need to spend significant time in the minors as he works his way back from injury. The plan is to stretch him out this spring to see how he looks as a starter, but he will be fighting an uphill battle to break camp in the rotation.
May (elbow) agreed to a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Twins on Friday, avoiding arbitration, the Star Tribune reports. May missed all of 2017 after suffering a torn UCL in spring training, resulting in Tommy John surgery. He resumed throwing last August and has been gradually increasing his intensity and throwing distance, advancing out to 105 feet in mid-November. The Twins could, theoretically, expedite May's return by preparing him for a bullpen role, but they are expected to stretch him out as a starter.
General manager Thad Levine said the Twins plan to stretch May (elbow) out as a starter, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. May missed all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March, though he resumed throwing in August and has progressed to making up to 75 throws from around 105 feet. While May isn't expected to be ready for the start of the season, the Twins are hoping he'll be ready to rejoin their rotation in mid-May.
May (elbow) threw 75 throws from 105 feet Monday, according to his personal Twitter account. He was working on throwing from 60 feet back in August, so it sounds like he is continuing to progress in his recovery from Tommy John surgery, which he had in March. It is unclear when he will be ready for game action, but he could open the year on the DL.
May (elbow) posted on his personal Twitter account Monday that he will soon throw from 60 feet off flat ground. May kicked off his throwing program about two weeks ago after he was limited in workouts for nearly five months following Tommy John surgery in March. The right-hander will move slowly through the rehab process and is expected to still be restricted when spring training begins next February, but he could rejoin the Twins as a starter or reliever at some point in 2018.
May (elbow) said he is scheduled to resume throwing on Thursday. This will mark the first time May has thrown since undergoing Tommy John surgery back in March. The 27-year-old still has a long road of recovery ahead of him as he'll work to build up his arm strength, but he's hoping to be ready for the start of the 2018 season.
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