The smile on Mike Pelfrey's face said it all.

His words were pretty strong, too.

"I'm going to be ready," the veteran right-hander said Monday, Feb. 18, after facing hitters for the first time this spring. "I feel great. There's not a doubt in my mind. Opening Day, I'm going to be on the team."

Coming off Tommy John surgery last May 1, Pelfrey threw 38 pitches during a 10-minute session of live batting practice on Field 5 at the Twins complex. The 6-foot-7 Pelfrey threw 90 to 95 pitches for the day, including a bullpen session and warmup tosses, while working with minor league catcher Danny Lehmann.



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Minnesota Twins' Mike Pelfrey feels good after first live pitching session
By Mike Berardino
mberardino@pioneerpress.com
Posted: 02/18/2013 12:01:00 AM CST
Updated: 02/18/2013 04:13:33 PM CST


Minnesota Twins right-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey (37) pitches during live batting practice at the Minnesota Twins Spring Training at the Lee County Sports Complex in Fort Myers, Florida, Monday, February 18, 2013. (Pioneer Press: John Autey)
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The smile on Mike Pelfrey's face said it all.

His words were pretty strong, too.

"I'm going to be ready," the veteran right-hander said Monday, Feb. 18, after facing hitters for the first time this spring. "I feel great. There's not a doubt in my mind. Opening Day, I'm going to be on the team."

Coming off Tommy John surgery last May 1, Pelfrey threw 38 pitches during a 10-minute session of live batting practice on Field 5 at the Twins complex. The 6-foot-7 Pelfrey threw 90 to 95 pitches for the day, including a bullpen session and warmup tosses, while working with minor league catcher Danny Lehmann.

"I forgot how much fun that was," Pelfrey said. "It's been a long time. That's my reward for busting my butt for 9 1/2 months. I had a blast out there. I wanted to keep going. It surprised me that this early the ball was coming out of my hand even better than I expected."

Pelfrey, 29, signed a one-year deal in December that pays him $4 million with the potential to earn another $1.5 million through incentives. Comfortably ahead of schedule, he expects to face hitters again on Wednesday and Friday.