Blackburn facing possible surgery; Baker, Gibson updates

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 24, 2012 - 2:58 PM
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BallFourOct. 23, 1211:20 PM

Whatever you do, don't rush into it. Hate to see the Twins' medical staff make a impetuous decision. It's only been weeks since he pitched. We don't want to perform any surgeries on players until we get closer to spring training. I'm sure the staff has been gathering pertinent film, tests and ancestry data, and checking on updates from Mars. And Halloween is coming. Let's not rush this with Halloween looming. And Castro is reportedly ill. Let's wait until we firm up his health situation before we go headlong into a necessary surgery.

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lindy_frank123Oct. 24, 12 5:22 AM

neither blackburn or baker should be back...invitee? come on...he's done...and resign? no way...cut the chord twins...

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scenic61Oct. 24, 12 9:01 AM

I am really disappointed that we are still seeing Blackburn's and Baker's names showing up in these articles. Ryan should have jettison both of the bums a long time ago.

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rustyscupperOct. 24, 1212:33 PM

It would be a shock if a Twins pitcher wasn't having arm surgery.

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xjritterOct. 24, 12 1:26 PM

Baker was actually very good before his injury. Consider that his won-loss record in 2008 thru 2011 was a combined 46-28, and in 2011 his Earned Run Average was a mere 3.14 with 123 strikeouts in 134 innings. Durability has been his problem, but not the quality of his pitching.

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poncee22Oct. 24, 12 1:32 PM

The Twins are good at caring for their players. They coddle them and pay them. I have to laugh tho, Blackburn is pulling the injury thing and surgery so he can get paid $5.5 million this year and not even toss the ball. He can get paid this year, then next year probably get a buy out and retire. Blackburn ain't stupid. He will make lots of money and just move on to retirement. Pavano just pulled it off and Liriano milked the house for what he could get too. Baker will be in the same situation after this coming season. Yup - Minnesota Twins take good care of their players.

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xjritterOct. 24, 12 3:25 PM

Based on Blackburn's performance last year, I doubt that the Twins would want him back on their 2013 roster. However I really doubt that Pavano and Baker are milking the Twins. These are both guys that really wanted the ball and have pitched well, even dominating in the past. Pavano may not be able to pitch well any more, but Baker could.

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bobo72Oct. 24, 12 4:56 PM

Christ, Terry, just put Gibson (along with Hendricks and Diamond) at the back of the rotation and let's see if these guys can play before they're all old and gray. Perhaps a large part of the reason this pitching staff sucks--well, other than your complete disregard for front of the rotation talent for much of your GM career--is because of Rick Anderson. Let Bobby Cuellar do the heavy lifting, and let's see what becomes of Diamond, Hendricks, AND Gibson. He's 25 already Terry! 25!

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dakfanviewOct. 24, 12 6:38 PM

Run away Scott Baker don't walk run away from this GM ,Manager and pitching coach.

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mrchipsOct. 25, 12 1:16 AM

Everytime I hear about Blackburn having an injury or worse he is pitching and then giving up alot of runs to bury this team before they can score enough runs just to tie the game. the Twins can bring him to spring training if they but when this team comes North I do not want to see his name on the Twins roster. The Twins have given this guy alot of time to prove that he should be on this staff.And if he has surgery then let him rehab somewhere in the minors and do not bring him back until he proves he can pitch and be a better assest for this team.

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