Willingham will have knee surgery, miss 4-6 weeks

  • Article by: LA VELLE E.NEAL III , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 3, 2013 - 12:48 AM

Twins outfielder Josh Willingham has a torn meniscus as well as a bone bruise. He was willing to rest the knee and try to play until he could have offseason surgery, but the bone bruise wasn’t going away any time soon.

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BallFourJul. 3, 13 1:31 AM

More wait-and-see only to see they shouldn't have waited. What is with this medical staff?

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RebelJul. 3, 13 6:35 AM

Given Hicks' time with the Twins prior to his DL stint, Hicks did heat up in the minors with his .190 BA. I would rather keep Thomas in center and bring up Mastoroni (sp) when available.

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fwallenJul. 3, 13 7:17 AM

I'd bet it will be three weeks. Rehab from this surgery can be quick. He will be amazed at the releif he will get. He can start exercising immediately after surgery

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sche47Jul. 3, 13 7:55 AM

I thought a manager should know more than the fans??? We all knew Burton is killing us, Gardendhoser knew Burton was killing us, why did it take the fan base (booed him off the field) to force this obvious decision to be made. Sorry but Gardenhoser is wayyy tooo close to this team. Too many buddies that he's not willing to hurt their "feelings". Why not find someone new NOW to run this team and look forward to 2014.

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matthewJamesJul. 3, 1311:07 AM

It's been 3 years now Pholads call up Danny Ainge and ask him how to clean house. Bring up young guys and keep the producers if there are any and get some good starting pitching and a set up man. We can wait, but not forever.

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mythologerJul. 3, 1312:41 PM

“We’ve talked to a couple guys and told them we are going to try to ease up on their minds and give them a mental break,” Gardenhire said. Pennant races can be mentally stressful. Everyone in the AL Central is in the pennant race, right?

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Pat MahomesJul. 3, 1312:49 PM

I feel bad for Willingham because he plays hard and he's a great guy. But I think this is actually a good thing for the team right now. Given the numbers he's put up this year, Willingham wasn't going to bring much return in a deadline deal. Now he can finish strong, get back to normal next year, and get a good return at next year's deadline (or stick around if the team is in contention). Also, Parmelee can now have this 4-6 weeks to sink or swim while playing every day, which gives the team a better idea about whether he can really end up being a replacement for Morneau or not.

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