Updated: May 1st, 2014 4:46pm
After string of bad starts, Mike Pelfrey would accept move to bullpen

After string of bad starts, Mike Pelfrey would accept move to bullpen

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by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Mike Pelfrey has been brutal this year and he knows it.

"I kind of sound like a broken record, because I have this talk every five days and it's not fun," Pelfrey said after his latest poor start, a 4-inning affair in which he allowed five earned runs on seven hits and three walks. "This game's not fun when every five days you go out there and get your butt kicked."

Pelfrey, who hasn't tried to shy away from blaming himself for his ugly numbers this season, has put the Twins in a tough spot. He signed a two-year, $11 million deal this offseason but has yet to finish the sixth inning.

"This month has been hell for me," Pelfrey said. "It's hard to look these guys in the eye--they have to play behind me."

Thursday afternoon's start may have been the straw that broke the camel's back.

"We've got to figure out what we need to do next and where we need to go with that, and that's what we're going to try to do here," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We'll sit down and talk to the pitching coach and the pitcher and everybody involved and see where we go with this, because it's not moving fast enough forward."

Pelfrey was asked by reporters if he'd accept a demotion to the bullpen.

"I probably wouldn't be happy, but obviously I'm not helping the team starting every fifth day," he said. "I would accept it and go down there and do the best I can and try to get in some kind of groove and get back into it. Obviously, taking the ball every five days isn't working. I'll do whatever they ask."

The Twins have several alternatives for a starting pitcher, which should include Sam Deduno from the bullpen, perhaps Thursday night's starter Kris Johnson, and several other minor league pitchers.

"Everybody roots for him, he's a great guy, great guy in the clubhouse. But results," Gardenhire said. "This is the big leagues, it's all about results. You've got to get people out."

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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In this story: Ron Gardenhire, Mike Pelfrey
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