Haley (shoulder) allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out three in six innings of work for Triple-A Pawtucket on Sunday.
This was Haley's first appearance since being returned to the Red Sox organization and activated from the disabled list. The 26-year-old struggled in his first taste of the majors, amassing a 6.00 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in 18 innings out of Minnesota's bullpen, but he'll likely continue to develop as a starter now that he's back in the Red Sox organization.
Haley was selected by the Twins in the Rule 5 Draft, but he'll return to his former club after being cast off the Twins' active roster thanks to his 6.00 ERA over 18 innings this season. He'll report to Triple-A Pawtucket with the Red Sox.
Manager Paul Molitor said that Haley (shoulder) will likely pitch in long relief when he's activated from the disabled list, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Haley's rehab assignment must end by Tuesday at the latest, and given that there's no opening in the rotation at this time, the Twins appear to be content on leaving him in the bullpen for now. That said, given how much the Twins considered moving him into the rotation up to this point, he seems like a logical candidate for spot starts down the road in case another starter gets hurt.
Haley tossed five scoreless innings in his most recent rehab outing with Triple-A Rochester, adding credence to the notion that the Twins want the rookie to build up his arm for a potential starting role in the second half. Since the Twins are still vying for a playoff spot and Haley, a Rule 5 pick, lacks prior starting experience in the big leagues, it seems more likely the organization will try its luck with more battled-tested veterans like Bartolo Colon or Dillon Gee before giving the 26-year-old a trial in the rotation. Haley could still offer value to the Twins as a long man out of the bullpen.
Haley (shoulder) is set to make another rehab start with Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.
Haley continues to work his way back from right shoulder soreness, and will head to the mound for his third rehab outing during Friday's game. The right-hander looked solid during his latest appearance this past Sunday, going four innings while only giving up one earned run. This could mark his last outing at the minor-league level before returning to Minnesota if all goes well.
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