Game 9: Blackburn’s MRI comes back normal

MINNEAPOLIS — The Twins received good news today, as the MRI exam taken on right-hander Nick Blackburn’s right shoulder came back normal, general manager Terry Ryan said.

Blackburn left his start against the Rangers on Saturday after 5 1/3 innings due to stiffness in his right shoulder. His shoulder cramped up after a pitch to David Murphy, and he was removed from the game in the middle of the at-bat.

He had an MRI exam taken on his shoulder after the game as a precaution, but everything came fine, so there’s hope he could make his next start on Thursday in New York.

“He came in this morning and he feels OK,” Ryan said. “He’s a little stiff. We’re going to take this a day at a time here and see how he responds. All indications are he’s going to be OK. But we’re certainly going to be cautious. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Ryan also announced that right-hander Jason Marquis will make his first start of the season on Wednesday against the Yankees after making two starts with Double-A New Britain.

It helps give the Twins some flexibility with Blackburn, as right-hander Anthony Swarzak could start in New York if Blackburn’s not ready to go.

Rangers (7-2)
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Josh Hamilton, CF
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Michael Young, DH
6. Nelson Cruz, RF
7. David Murphy, LF
8. Mike Napoli, 1B
9. Yorvit Torrealba, C

RHP Neftali Feliz (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.60 FIP, 7 IP, 4 K, 2 BB)

Twins (2-6)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Jamey Carroll, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Justin Morneau, DH
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
7. Danny Valencia, 3B
8. Clete Thomas, RF
9. Alexi Casilla, 2B

RHP Liam Henriks (First start)

1 Comment

How long until Dozier is called up, Casilla DFA and Carroll sliding over to 2B along with Mauer moving up to the 2 hole with Willingham hitting 3rd and morneau hitting 4th? Not long term solution, but the Twins need consistent offense and having Willingham keep hitting with nobody on base isn’t really working.

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