Tommy Milone appears to be pitching with a chip on his shoulder for the Rochester Red Wings. Since being optioned to Triple-A, Milone hasn’t given up a run. Milone was 2-1 with a 4.76 earned run average for the Twins before being sent down.
This week Milone was named International Player of the Week. In his last start on Wednesday against the Toledo Mud Hens, Milone pitched eight scoreless innings and struck out 12 batters. In two starts for the Red Wings, Milone has pitched 14.1 innings and given up just eight hits while recording 20 strike outs.
During spring training Milone was in a battle with Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May for the final spot in the rotation. Milone won the battle, but it didn’t matter. Following Ervin Santana‘s suspension and Ricky Nolasco‘s injury, both May and Pelfrey found themselves in the rotation.
Fast forward to May and Milone finds himself pitching in the minors while Pelfrey and May are still in the rotation. Did Milone complain? Did he demand a trade? No, unlike Pelfrey when he was demoted to the bullpen, Milone just kept his head down and went to work. If Milone continues to slice and dice at the Triple-A level he’ll find himself back with the big league club soon.