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Twins win game, lose Nick Blackburn to quadriceps injury

May 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Even when the Twins pick up a rare win they still end up losing.

Last night the Twins beat the Tigers to improve their MLB-worst record to 11-26, but in the process they lost starter Nick Blackburn to a quadriceps injury that requires a disabled list stint.

Blackburn admitted afterward that he was in a ton of pain during his pregame bullpen session, but chose to keep that from manager Ron Gardenhire and went on to allow six runs in two innings as his ERA ballooned to 8.37. And since his 2010 he now has a 5.31 ERA in 343 innings overall.

Minnesota also lost catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit to a calf injury and initially announced that he would be placed on the DL, but further tests apparently have them convinced he can rejoin the lineup before 15 days. Instead they put Blackburn on the shelf and called up outfielder Ben Revere from Triple-A.

Joe Mauer will see more action behind the plate for however long Doumit is out and there should be plenty of outfield starts for Revere as well, although Twins fans should also prepare for a whole lot of Drew Butera and his historically inept bat at catcher.

  1. El Jefe - May 17, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    I see this as a net gain. Whoever replaces him can’t be nearly as bad.

    • wlschneider09 - May 17, 2012 at 4:54 PM

      Clearly you haven’t seen Liriano this year.

  2. raindog - May 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Gotta love when your pitcher just takes the ball, injury or no injury. He really grinded it out for those two innings and inspired the rest of the team.

    Or, at least, I’m assuming that’s the logic for why the Twins staff applauds this kind of thing.

    • Cris E - May 17, 2012 at 5:53 PM

      The Twins’ staff is responding loudly, but I’m pretty sure they’re not applauding. A player does something like this every year and every time Gardy has to yell at the kid for screwing up and make do while he’s recovering. It’s not a new problem, so it may be as much a Gardy/Anderson thing as anything else. (And that’s one thing you can’t hang on Bill Smith.)

  3. kopy - May 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    So what are the odds that Doumit goes on the DL anyway after a week? We can only hope a short bench doesn’t hurt the Twins in the meantime.

    It’s inevitable, but we can hope.

    • wlschneider09 - May 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM

      He already went on the DL, as far as I know. Just when he was starting to resemble a major league hitter too.


      • sknut - May 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM

        Not even kidding when I thought to myself earlier in that day, “Doumit has been a nice addition and has been healthy, hope he keeps it up”

  4. ptfu - May 17, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    “Joe Mauer will see more action behind the plate for however long Doumit is out…”

    Ugh, I hope not. Mauer breaks when he catches more than once in a blue moon, and a broken Mauer’s no good to anyone. The number of games Mauer catches should depend solely on his own limits, not on anyone else’s health. The Twins need to decide what those limits are, as in X games per week/month/season with days off in between, and then STICK WITH IT. It’s a long season and Mauer is fragile.

    Don’t risk the health of your biggest star because a bit player got hurt. Exceptions only for playoff or pennant race situations, but the Twins have baseball’s worst record so never mind.

    Let’s hope the Twins lean heavily on Drew Butera, as Aaron suggests. They can DL Doumit and then promote/sign/trade for whoever if that makes sense for them. Just don’t rack up overage on the Mauer Catching Plan.

    I guess that was a long way of saying Leave Mauer Alone! :-)

    • fmlizard - May 17, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      A healthy Mauer isn’t all that good to anyone right now either.

    • Cris E - May 17, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Hey now, let’s not be rude to Mr Butera. He’s got his OPS+ up to a robust 71 which really isn’t terrible for a backup catcher. There’s little chance it’s more than SSS, but let the man revel in his adequacy while it lasts.

  5. saltmanz - May 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    The fact that the first half of this headline was newsworthy on its own is downright depressing.

  6. ndnut - May 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    We call Butera loose change in my house due to the week and a half last season when his BA was under .100

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