MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Mike Pelfrey, who underwent elbow surgery in early June, isn't expected to start throwing again until September and could miss the rest of the season, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said.
Pelfrey, who is on the 60-day disabled list, had surgery to clean up scar tissue in his right elbow that was causing pressure on his ulnar nerve on June 10.
He's been around the Twins' clubhouse during the homestand, but Ryan said Pelfrey isn't likely to pitch again this season and could see action in the instructional league after the season to get extra work.
"I'm not real sure he's going to pitch this year, but he may," Ryan said. "It won't be anything extensive. He'll be able to play catch in early September, and we'll go from there. But he may not pitch this year. If he does, he does. If he doesn't, no one is going to worry about it. But he feels good, and the numbness in his hand has gone away."
Pelfrey struggled early in the year, going 0-3 with a 7.99 ERA in five starts before originally going on the DL with a groin strain on May 2. He made two rehab starts with Triple-A Rochester in mid-May before undergoing elbow surgery.
Gardenhire ejected after arguing for balk call
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire was ejected by home-plate umpire Marty Foster in the third inning of Minnesota's 2-1 win in 11 innings over the New York Yankees on Saturday afternoon.
Gardenhire was tossed, as he argued from the dugout that Yankees right-hander David Phelps balked with Sam Fuld at first base and Brian Dozier at the plate.
After being thrown out, Gardenhire came onto the field to argue with Foster before third-base umpire Joe West came in to intervene.
"I didn't think it was a balk, it was a balk," Gardenhire said. "I saw video. He was stepping toward third and actually was moving his front foot like it was the old third-to-first play. He did it two times. So that's what I said, and then the umpire yelled, 'I can't hear you.' So I said, 'Ask Joe West. He calls every balk.' So then he threw me out."
It was the third time this season that Gardenhire was ejected, and the 70th time in his career.
Rehab stint could precede Santana's return
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rookie shortstop Danny Santana hasn't been ruled out of making his return next weekend in Colorado, but he is likely to go on a rehab assignment over the All-Star break if he's not ready to be activated from the 15-day disabled list.
Santana was placed on the DL on June 27 with a bone bruise in his left knee and is eligible to return on July 12. He's still using the underwater treadmill at Target Field to keep the pressure off his knee and has been swinging off a tee.
"He's doing some light work," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's eligible to come off on our road trip, and that's the target date. But they still haven't allowed him to get on the field and run around."
Twins general manager Terry Ryan added that Santana won't need long to get ready once his knee heals and he's allowed to fully resume baseball activities. But if he can't return next weekend, he'll likely go on a rehab assignment to stay sharp over the All-Star break.
"If he's ready to go, we'll activate him in Colorado, but I don't know if he will be," Ryan said. "But it's not going to take him long once they give him the green light. He's getting better daily."