Ryan Vogelsong does not consider himself done with Major League Baseball. Vogelsong this spring signed a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins. The veteran hurler is only months away from turning 40.
The veteran pitcher is confident he can earn himself a spot on the Twins for this season. He believes he still has the stuff to get guys out in the big leagues on a consistent basis and to help a team to victories.
The right-hander was the starting pitcher for Minnesota in the Twins’ Sunday spring training game against Pittsburgh. He worked 2 1/3 innings allowing three runs on just four hits.
Vogelsong had one strike out and hit a batter in the Twins 4-3 win. He said his rhythm was very good and that everything worked out the way he wanted it to.
Kyle Gibson, Hector Santiago and Phil Hughes are expected to fill the pitching rotation behind Ervin Santana the team’s ace, despite his lackluster performances in 2016.
Trevor May recently tore is ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow which removed one of Vogelsong’s competitors for the fifth and final spot in the rotation.
However, there are still the likes of Jose Berrios, Adalberto Mejia and Tyler Duffey as well as Nick Tepesch a non-roster invitee.
However, Vogelsong has gone through much adversity during his pro career and is not deterred by the competition he faces in making the roster.
Paul Molitor the Twins manager said Vogelsong wants to be part of the mix and he added that he did not blame the veteran pitcher.
No guarantees exist for Vogelsong, who owns an opt-out in his contract with the Twins that if he wants, can be exercised when spring training ends.
Last season, while with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Vogelsong was hit in the face with a pitch by Jordan Lyles a right-hander for Colorado.
The incident shattered Vogelsong’s orbital bone that surrounds his left eye. He has titanium plates still around the eye and his check.
The injury scare reminded him just how quickly his career could have been taken away from him.
During his career of 12 years, Vogelsong has a career record of 61-75 with an ERA of 4.48 and 900 strikeouts over 1190 innings pitched.
He returned to the majors in 2011 after three seasons in Japan and was named to the All Star team. He has also won two World Series titles with San Francisco.