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Pat Neshek's injury was misdiagnosed by Twins

May 6, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

Ron Gardenhire was described as “steaming” over the weekend when the Twins intended to demote Pat Neshek to Triple-A only to be told that the reliever preferred to be placed on the disabled list because his finger injury was still a problem.
Neshek received some subtle jabs from Gardenhire and some not-so-subtle jabs from the local media … and now it turns out the Twins’ medical staff misdiagnosed his injury the whole time.
Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that an MRI exam revealed the injury is to Neshek’s palm rather than his middle finger, which makes sense given that a cortisone shot to his finger last month didn’t seem to help much. It also explain why Neshek had trouble gripping the baseball and why his fastball velocity dipped several miles per hour, causing him to struggle leading up to the planned demotion.
Neshek wrote via Facebook that he’s “not happy with anything that has gone on, especially when it could have been taken care of three weeks ago and I was told the wrong info.” However, he added that “Gardy and I are on the same page” and once healthy he’s willing to pitch wherever the Twins assign him, calling the whole thing “a miscommunication.”
As for why it took the medical staff a month to order an MRI exam or why the Twins felt the need to publicly criticize Neshek, that’s another issue.

  1. Jeff O - May 6, 2010 at 12:55 PM

    Time and time again the Twins show they have a horrible medical staff. Things like this are unacceptable.

  2. Jonas - May 6, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    So, who hired the Mets’ medical staff over the offseason?

  3. BC - May 6, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Who do these guys think they are, the Mets?

  4. arnidor - May 6, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Joe Nathan had his Tommy John surgery performed by the Mets physician Dr. David Altchek. Scary business there.

  5. Eat a Peach - May 6, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Holy Noah Lowry, Batman.

  6. The Common Man - May 6, 2010 at 2:55 PM

    No doubt, Jeff. Things have gone very wrong since Dick Martin was fired (why, Twins, why?). Remember in 2008, they wanted Neshek to rehab with no surgery. He pitched poorly, tore his ligament completely, and was out even longer. Poor training staff and poor leadership by Gardy and the front office. I hope Pat’s getting a public apology from his manager, the Twins, and the local media. And I hope the Twins take extra care with Joe’s heel.
    recaptca: cootie genera (as opposed to specific cooties, I suppose)

  7. Boo Hoo Florio picked on your team - GET OVER IT - May 7, 2010 at 5:21 AM

    Considering Pat’s solid body of work for the Twins, the entire front office, manager and medical staff owe him a big fat apology for this. Kudos to Pat for standing up for himself. They should have trusted him to know something wasn’t right internally.

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