Lineups for Twins and Rays at Charlotte Sports Park

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Right-hander Mike Pelfrey is set to make his second Grapefruit League start today against the Rays despite being only 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery on May 1.

Pelfrey is hoping to fare better than his last outing, when he gave up three runs on five hits over 1 2/3 innings against the Blue Jays in Dunedin. He’ll be interesting to watch, as command is usually the hardest and last thing to get back when coming off Tommy John surgery.

But count Twins prospect Kyle Gibson as one of those who has been amazed by Pelfrey’s progress. Gibson had Tommy John in August of 2011, and said he went through the standard rehab process that takes about 12 months instead of the accelerated process that Pelfrey has gone through.

“He said he was ready to go after nine months,” Gibson said. “My recovery was more normal. I was just getting back on the mound after nine months.”

Twins (5-3)
1. Aaron Hicks, CF
2. Brian Dozier, 2B
3. Josh Willingham, DH
4. Ryan Doumit, C
5. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
6. Joe Benson, RF
7. Wilkin Ramirez, LF
8. Jeff Clement, 1B
9. Ray Olmedo, SS

RHP Mike Pelfrey (Jared Burton, Alex Burnett, Casey Fien, Tyler Robertson)

Rays (6-3)
1. Desmond Jennings, CF
2. Kelly Johnson, 2B
3. Evan Longoria, 3B
4. Matt Joyce, LF
5. Yunel Escobar, SS
6. Luke Scott, DH
7. James Loney, 1B
8. Jose Lobaton, C
9. Sam Fuld, RF

LHP David Price (Jamey Wright, Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, J.D. Martin, Felipe Rivero)

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