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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:19 PM

The Twins also announced this afternoon that RHP Nick Blackburn had arthroscopic elbow surgery to remove bone chips last Thursday.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:59 PM

Was the last Twins pitcher to have bone spurs removed Joe Nathan? Nathan blamed the procedure for causing his ligament damage and the ensuing TJ surgery and I don't think anyone disagreed with his assesment.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:06 PM

I guess that's it....Nick Blackburn's surgery is going to ruin his pitching career.

Sarcasm aside, anything Blackburn can change before next years is good thing. At least if there was a medical issue resolved, there is a glimmer of hope that he will bounce back to have some value.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:09 PM

I guess that's it....Nick Blackburn's surgery is going to ruin his pitching career.

Sarcasm aside, anything Blackburn can change before next years is good thing. At least if there was a medical issue resolved, there is a glimmer of hope that he will bounce back to have some value.


Agreed. Now instead of being the worst pitcher in baseball, maybe he can only be bottom-third.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:57 PM

The only thing that can possibly help Blackburn is arm replacement surgery.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:02 PM

How about turning him into a cyborg (if only that were possible)? That pretty much removes the risk of his arm getting injured, and we would end up with one of the fastest pitchers in all of baseball in the deal.

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Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:57 PM

Nick Blackburn underwent arthroscopic surgery on October 25 to remove a bone chip from his right elbow.

It was a relatively minor procedure, and Blackburn is expected to be 100 percent for spring training. The veteran right-hander will be a non-roster invitee and must impress next spring to earn a spot in the Opening Day rotation. He posted an ugly 7.39 ERA and 1.71 WHIP over 19 starts this season.


Source: Joe Christensen on Twitter

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 07:49 AM

Blackburn is not good. I don't want him back on this team.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:06 AM

How about turning him into a cyborg (if only that were possible)? That pretty much removes the risk of his arm getting injured, and we would end up with one of the fastest pitchers in all of baseball in the deal.



Only if he gets one of those red eyes that open and close like a lens....those are scary.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 08:44 AM

Any word if they inserted some talent while they had him opened up?
Chris Hermann solves everything. hat tip to jokin

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:11 AM

Wow. I started the snark, but I expected a little bit of positivity from someone. He wouldn't be the first sinkerballer who fell off a cliff due to not finishing off his pitches well, due to a little junk in his elbow. That's connecting the dots a little bit, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he is back to being above replacement level in 2013.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:22 AM

The bone chips could explain why Blackburn had altered his mechanics (Parker Hagerman analysis last June).

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:16 AM

Wow. I started the snark, but I expected a little bit of positivity from someone. He wouldn't be the first sinkerballer who fell off a cliff due to not finishing off his pitches well, due to a little junk in his elbow. That's connecting the dots a little bit, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he is back to being above replacement level in 2013.


I would be surprised.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:24 AM

They should perform the same procedure that was performed on that kid in the movie "Rookie of the Year"

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:43 AM

Wow. I started the snark, but I expected a little bit of positivity from someone. He wouldn't be the first sinkerballer who fell off a cliff due to not finishing off his pitches well, due to a little junk in his elbow. That's connecting the dots a little bit, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he is back to being above replacement level in 2013.


I'm not sure it's possible to remove enough bone chips for that to happen.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:45 AM

Wow. I started the snark, but I expected a little bit of positivity from someone. He wouldn't be the first sinkerballer who fell off a cliff due to not finishing off his pitches well, due to a little junk in his elbow. That's connecting the dots a little bit, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he is back to being above replacement level in 2013.



I wouldn't be surprised, I'd be flat out shocked.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:57 AM

They should perform the same procedure that was performed on that kid in the movie "Rookie of the Year"


Yes, but not just that, he would need "Angels in the Outfield" to help with his non-sinking meatballs.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:47 AM

Wow. I started the snark, but I expected a little bit of positivity from someone. He wouldn't be the first sinkerballer who fell off a cliff due to not finishing off his pitches well, due to a little junk in his elbow. That's connecting the dots a little bit, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he is back to being above replacement level in 2013.


The same people will snark about the Twins being idiots for letting Blackburn go if he pitches well elsewhere.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:30 PM

How about turning him into a cyborg (if only that were possible)? That pretty much removes the risk of his arm getting injured, and we would end up with one of the fastest pitchers in all of baseball in the deal.



Only if he gets one of those red eyes that open and close like a lens....those are scary.


Yeah, but then wouldn't he want to take over the world? Isn't that kind of a pre-req for all scary looking cyborgs? If that was the case, we should trade him to the Yankees.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:31 PM

Wow. I started the snark, but I expected a little bit of positivity from someone. He wouldn't be the first sinkerballer who fell off a cliff due to not finishing off his pitches well, due to a little junk in his elbow. That's connecting the dots a little bit, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he is back to being above replacement level in 2013.


The same people will snark about the Twins being idiots for letting Blackburn go if he pitches well elsewhere.


I don't know. I don't hear a lot about the "mis-handling" of RA Dickey...

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 12:48 PM

Wow. I started the snark, but I expected a little bit of positivity from someone. He wouldn't be the first sinkerballer who fell off a cliff due to not finishing off his pitches well, due to a little junk in his elbow. That's connecting the dots a little bit, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he is back to being above replacement level in 2013.


The same people will snark about the Twins being idiots for letting Blackburn go if he pitches well elsewhere.


If Nick Blackburn catches on with another team and turns his career around, I promise I won't rip the Twins for losing him in that unlikely scenario.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 01:27 PM

Wow. I started the snark, but I expected a little bit of positivity from someone. He wouldn't be the first sinkerballer who fell off a cliff due to not finishing off his pitches well, due to a little junk in his elbow. That's connecting the dots a little bit, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he is back to being above replacement level in 2013.


The same people will snark about the Twins being idiots for letting Blackburn go if he pitches well elsewhere.


No true,at least for me. If he pitches well somewhere else so be it, right now there is simply no good reason for the Twins to believe that will happen and very little chance it does.

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 02:27 PM

They should perform the same procedure that was performed on that kid in the movie "Rookie of the Year"


or cranial rectal inversion surgery, to remove his head from his ...

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:44 PM

Wow. I started the snark, but I expected a little bit of positivity from someone. He wouldn't be the first sinkerballer who fell off a cliff due to not finishing off his pitches well, due to a little junk in his elbow. That's connecting the dots a little bit, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if he is back to being above replacement level in 2013.


The same people will snark about the Twins being idiots for letting Blackburn go if he pitches well elsewhere.


I already have a rough draft started, blasting the Twins for the way they handled Blackburn. I plan to publish it on this site next May or June when he is 5-2 with an ERA around 3.5 for some national league team.:P