There remains a chance Milone returns this season, but he's still suffering from neck stiffness and hasn't started a game since Sept. 2. He was originally skipped in the rotation after suffering from shoulder fatigue, but felt stiffness in his neck while throwing a bullpen on Saturday.
"He had a shot in his neck," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's throwing long toss. But he has to go through the whole process and throw a bullpen. But step one is long toss. After that, if he's OK, he'll throw a bullpen after that, if he's OK, we can get him in a start."
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