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Haley happy to accept any role with Twins

Rule 5 Draft pick getting stretched out at camp, but best chance for spot is likely in 'pen
March 13, 2017

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Rule 5 Draft pick Justin Haley knows he's in one of the more interesting situations in Twins camp.The right-hander is getting the opportunity to get stretched out this spring, but his best chance to make the club is likely in relief, even after fifth-starter favorite Trevor

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Rule 5 Draft pick Justin Haley knows he's in one of the more interesting situations in Twins camp.
The right-hander is getting the opportunity to get stretched out this spring, but his best chance to make the club is likely in relief, even after fifth-starter favorite Trevor May was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Haley made his first start on short notice in May's absence in Monday's 9-4 win, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits over two innings against the Rays.
Haley, pitching on two days' rest, was hurt by a two-run homer from Player Page for Shane Peterson, which came on a curveball. But he said he was happy with his slider and changeup, and was excited to get the opportunity to start, although he said it's hard to know what to expect going forward.
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"I think it's still to be determined," Haley said. "And that's fine with me. I can form into any role they need me to. Aside from maybe the numbers today, I feel like I've been doing pretty well. I hope they appreciate that. I'm really putting a lot into it and trying to win a spot."
Haley, who must be sent back to the Red Sox unless kept on the 25-man roster all season or reacquired in a trade, has allowed six runs (five earned) in 8 2/3 innings this spring over a team-high six appearances.
"The way I look at it is, the more innings I throw, the longer I'm here," Haley said. "And the longer I'm here, the better the chance for me."

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