Sunday, March 7, 2010

Nathan update, Blackburn deal

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.

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