So ... Joe Nathan is headed back to Minnesota for an MRI on his sore, stiff elbow.
The spin on Saturday was that this is a to-be-expected hiccup after his offseason surgery to remove bone chips. The spin today is, well, he isn't going to throw for a couple of days at any rate, and let's get some pictures to make sure it is what we think it is.
I'm no medico, and I have no reason other than paranoia to doubt the public line. As I noted on Saturday, Nathan has a history of early-spring issues that don't amount to much in the long run. Let us hope that pattern continues.
Nick Blackburn has a new four-year contract that buys out his arbitration seasons and gives the Twins what appears to be a reasonable option for his first season of free-agent eligibility. "Appears" is the key word on that phrase. I think the Twins thought they were getting a good deal on the Joe Mays contract too.
Low strikeout-rate pitchers are bad bets. Blackburn has been durable in his first two seasons in the rotation, however.