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  1. Nick Blackburn to undergo second offseason surgery

    Jan 14, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Nick Blackburn Getty

    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…

  2. Twins set to sign Mike Pelfrey for $4 million

    Dec 16, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey

    CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman is reporting that the Twins and Mike Pelfrey have come to terms on a one-year deal worth $4 million. The deal includes $1.5 million in incentives for the rehabbing right-hander. The soon-to-be 29-year-old Pelfrey had a 2.29 ERA in three starts for the Mets last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He…

  3. Twins recalling Liam Hendriks to replace Nick Blackburn

    Aug 21, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Twins Indians Baseball

    Nick Blackburn was dumped from the Twins’ rotation yesterday after being the worst pitcher in baseball for the past three seasons and today Minnesota recalled 23-year-old Liam Hendriks from Triple-A to replace him. Hendriks has been awful in his first couple stints as a big leaguer, going 0-7 with a 6.71 ERA in 12 starts…

  4. Rockies left-hander Christian Friedrich to miss rest of season with stress fracture in back

    Aug 4, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Christian Friedrich Getty

    The Rockies just aren’t having any luck with their starting pitchers. According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, left-hander Christian Friedrich will miss the rest of the season due to a stress fracture on the right side of his lower spine. Friedrich was was scratched from his scheduled start on Thursday due to back spasms, but…

  5. The worst of the worst at the All-Star break

    Jul 9, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Because the non-All-Stars deserve recognition too — even when they’d prefer to hide their faces — here’s a look at some midpoint leaderboards in reverse order. OPS 1. Dee Gordon (SS LAD): .562 2. Cliff Pennington (SS Oak): .563 3. Cameron Maybin (CF SD): .596 4. Jamey Carroll (INF Min): .597 5. Justin Smoak (1B…

  6. Twins demote Nick Blackburn and his 8.10 ERA to Triple-A

    Jul 4, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Texas Rangers

    Nick Blackburn has one-and-half seasons and $8 million remaining on the contract extension the Twins misguidedly gave him in March of 2010, but today Minnesota sent the 30-year-old veteran and his 131 career starts to Triple-A. Blackburn was never a particularly good bet to sustain long-term success because of his miniscule strikeout rate, but injuries…

  7. Don’t expect many strikeouts in Twins-Phillies game tonight

    Jun 12, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    There are lots of big-name starters pitching tonight–Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Madison Bumgarner, CC Sabathia–but to me the most interesting matchup of the day involves a pair of back-of-the-rotation starters in the Minnesota-Philadelphia game. Nick Blackburn of the Twins and Kyle Kendrick of the Phillies have two of the four lowest…

  8. Twins place Carl Pavano on DL, activate Nick Blackburn

    Jun 4, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    Twins Pavano throws against the Mariners  at Safeco Field in Seattle

    Carl Pavano underwent an MRI exam a month ago after complaining of shoulder soreness and was diagnosed with a strain. He pitched through it with diminished velocity and horrible results, allowing 24 runs in 24 innings with a .370 opponents’ batting average in his last five starts, and today the Twins finally shut him down.…

  9. Twins win game, lose Nick Blackburn to quadriceps injury

    May 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Nick Blackburn Getty

    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…

  10. Nick Blackburn’s shoulder MRI shows no structural damage

    Apr 15, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    blackburn ap

    Finally, a dose of good news for the Twins. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that an MRI exam taken Saturday on the sore right shoulder of Twins starter Nick Blackburn revealed only inflammation. No structural damage. Blackburn made a premature exit from his start Saturday afternoon vs. the Rangers due to shoulder discomfort.…

  11. Nick Blackburn exits start with right posterior shoulder stiffness

    Apr 14, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

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    The Twins were given quite the scare this afternoon when Nick Blackburn exited his start against the Rangers due to injury. Fortunately it doesn’t appear to be serious. According to Tyler Mason of FOX Sports Midwest, Blackburn was diagnosed with right posterior shoulder stiffness and is listed as day-to-day. The 30-year-old right-hander allowed two runs…

  12. Twins place Scott Baker on disabled list

    Mar 31, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Scott Baker AP

    Scott Baker is back on track after missing some time due to right elbow inflammation, allowing one run over four innings in a minor league exhibition game earlier today, but the Twins have decided to go the safe route and place him on the 15-day disabled list. Baker’s DL-stint was backdated to March 27, so…

  13. Ranking the rotations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, Roy Halladay

    Last year’s attempt was quite a hit, so let’s try it again, with a somewhat different methodology. Here’s how the 30 rotations stack up, according to my projections. I’ll go strictly by ERA here, taking the top five pitchers on the staff. Along with the ERA totals are the combined inning projections for the five…

  14. Twins starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn undergoing elbow surgeries

    Oct 19, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    scott baker and nick blackburn twins

    Twins right fielder/first baseman Michael Cuddyer had arthroscopic knee surgery shortly after they were swept out of the playoffs by the Yankees and now starters Scott Baker and Nick Blackburn are both going under the knife as well. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Blackburn underwent minor elbow surgery last week and…

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