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Twins right-hander Deolis Guerra diagnosed with blood clot in shoulder

Mar 9, 2013, 1:10 PM EDT

Deolis Guerra AP AP

After right-hander Deolis Guerra was forced to leave Team Venezuela earlier this week due to injury, Twins general manager Terry Ryan told Rhett Bollinger of this morning that he suffered a blood clot in his right shoulder. Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that he will miss approximately three months following surgery.

This is another tough blow for Guerra, who has largely been a disappointment since coming over from the Mets in the Johan Santana trade. The Twins originally hoped to develop him as a starter, but he was moved to the bullpen in 2011 and posted a 4.11 ERA and 71/22 K/BB ratio over 70 innings last season between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester. While his name has been bandied about in prospect circles for a long time, he doesn’t turn 24 until April.

For what it’s worth, Mets right-hander Dillon Gee had season-ending surgery last July to address a blood clot in his shoulder. However, he hasn’t had any issues this spring and is expected to begin the season in the starting rotation.

  1. JB (the original) - Mar 9, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Damn, another one down. Well, injured pitchers seem to be Modus operandi for the Twins of late….

  2. yankeesgameday - Mar 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    If he had surgery that means a rib resection for thoracic outlet syndrome. they cut out a portion of your rib that is compressing the subclavial vein, which is why the clot formed. Like if you step on a hose and the water cant flow anymore. Why do I know this? Because I have been on blood thinners for 5 months for my own blood Clot and have been avoiding having this surgery like a big fat baby. Of course if I had millions of dollars on the line I would have been under the knife in October.

    The whole thing is too biblical to me, I mean they cut out your rib. I told my wife if I have to do it that I should at least get an additional wife like Adam. How else am I going to be able to have a three way? She didn’t think that was nearly as funny as I did.

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