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Nick Blackburn to undergo second offseason surgery

Jan 14, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

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Nick Blackburn was already facing an uphill battle to rejoin the Twins’ rotation thanks to his awful performance during the past few seasons, but now he may not even be healthy for spring training.

Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Blackburn will undergo wrist surgery and will be in a cast for at least six weeks. He previously underwent surgery to remove a bone chip from his elbow in October.

Blackburn is owed $5.5 million in the final season of a misguided contract extension handed out by the Twins, but he was dropped from the 40-man roster (and predictably went unclaimed on waivers) amid a career-worst season in which he threw 99 innings with a 7.39 ERA.

For all the talk of needing to improve their rotation the Twins haven’t exactly made any impact moves to actually do so this offseason and Blackburn’s injury further thins out the fifth starter candidates.

  1. missthemexpos - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Might as well do a complete rebuild, start by sending your 1st. baseman to Toronto!

    • pyongshina - Jan 15, 2013 at 5:35 AM

      Blue-Jays have Adam Lind and Edwin Encarnacion. They have no need for Morneau

  2. mariner425 - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    This last season the Twins played the M’s in Seattle. Before the game I got Blackburn’s attention. I told him he was going to get rocked(not much of a prediction). He sorta nodded at me, and I nodded back. He comes out and gives up 3 runs in the 1st.

    • timgcarlson - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      You sound like a great human being.

  3. prideonice - Jan 14, 2013 at 5:58 PM

    And then you found ten dollars?

  4. rgledz - Jan 14, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    That’s an awesome story Mariner…..then Blackburn went back to being a millionaire Major League pitcher (I use that term loosely in this case) and you drove home in your Corolla and ate chips on your mom’s couch. What a day that was for you.

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