Nick Blackburn Shut Down, Morneau Back In Lineup

By Joshua Casey

After leaving in the second inning of his last start Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn was diagnosed with an entrapped nerve in his forearm and will be shut down for two weeks before being re- evaluated. There was some good news from Twins trainer Rick McWane who did say that Blackburn did not suffer muscle, ligament, or tendon damage to his elbow. Any of the three with which Blackburn avoided would of caused him to most likely miss the rest of next season. Blackburn is 7-10 this year with a 4.49 ERA in 26 starts, and trainer Rick McWane also added that he expects Blackburn to resume pitching by the end of this season.

On the lighter side if life Twins first baseman Justin Morneau returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing the last two games with a foot injury. Morneau hurt his right heel while fouling a pitch off of it and seems to still be in pain but was determined to play through it. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that Morneau looked OK and that his foot still seems a little sore to him. Morneau was playing first base for the Twins today as they took on the Orioles looking to salvage at least one win in the series.

Since being activated from the disabled list on August 12 Morneau has been hitting .161 in only eight appearances thus far. Morneau has been limited to just 63 games this far after being put on the DL earlier in the season with a wrist injury and neck injury. Morneau’s neck injury that caused him to have a surgery to remove a herniated disk fragment in his neck is also causing Morneau pain. Morneau has been seen in many instances grabbing onto his neck during games and grimacing in pain, another trip to the DL might not be too far away.


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