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Mike Pelfrey out 2-4 months after right elbow surgery

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Twins starter Mike Pelfrey was placed on the disabled list in early May because of a groin injury.

And he might not make it back this season.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Pelfrey underwent previously-unannounced surgery on his right elbow Tuesday to relieve pressure from his ulnar nerve. The recovery period for such a procedure is 2-4 months, meaning the right-hander is out until at least early August and could very well be in rehab mode through early October.

Pelfrey, who somehow scored a two-year, $11 million free agent contract from Minnesota over the winter, had registered a horrid 7.99 ERA and 1.99 WHIP through 23 2/3 innings (five starts) this season.

Via our friend Ryan Boyer from Rotoworld ...

Assuming this surgery ends his year, Pelfrey will have been paid $9.5M by Twins to post a 5.56 ERA over 34 starts. Owed $5.5M more in 2015.

— Ryan Boyer (@RyanPBoyer) June 10, 2014

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