When the Cedar Rapids Kernels decided to sign a Player Development Agreement with the Minnesota Twins this past offseason, General Manager Doug Nelson hoped one of the perks would include a major league injury rehabilitation appearance. Well, Nelson's getting his wish.
Twins General Manager Terry Ryan told beat reporters in the Twins Cities on Friday night that Twins starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey will make a rehab start for the Kernels on Monday night in their game against the Peoria Chiefs at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Pelfrey has been on the disabled list with a back injury. The right-hander is 3-6 with a 6.11 earned run average in 14 starts this season for the Twins.
He signed with Minnesota this past offseason after spending parts of seven seasons with the New York Mets. He is the first MLB player to play for Cedar Rapids since pitcher Ken Hill had a rehab appearance with the Kernels in 1998.Since then, major league players Mark Wohlers, Nick Punto, Ryan Dempster and Alexi Casilla have made rehab appearances in Cedar Rapids for opposing teams.