Pressly to miss rest of season after setback

Twins restarting rehab program for right lat strain; not enough time for return

Pressly to miss rest of season after setback

NEW YORK -- Twins reliever Ryan Pressly suffered a setback in his recovery from a right lat strain, and he is expected to miss the rest of the season, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday.

Pressly, who suffered the injury while pitching in Kansas City on July 4, was rehabbing and progressed to playing long toss at Target Field last week. But it didn't go well, which caused Pressly to restart his rehab program, and there won't be enough time for him to return this season.

"We backed him off, and we're starting from scratch again," Ryan said. "I'm not leaving a sliver of possibility [he'll return], because there's not enough time."

Pressly, 26, was having a strong year, posting a 2.93 ERA with 22 strikeouts and 12 walks in 27 2/3 innings. He's posted a 3.46 ERA with 85 strikeouts and 47 walks in 132 2/3 innings with Minnesota over the last three years.

"He's a good worker, and the time or two before he got hurt was as good as we've seen from him up here," Ryan said. "He's got some of the best stuff we have. Unfortunately, he came up sore, and it hasn't got any better."

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