To quickly cover some injury updates: I’m going to call this good news although, depending on your attitude and viewpoint it could be called ‘bad news even if it’s not the worst news’. Joel Zumaya fractured a bone in his elbow on that throw last night and is done for the season. The reason I see it as good news is that a) no Tommy John surgery, b) bones actually heal faster than soft tissue with less lingering problems later and c) he really should be back and ready to pitch with his team next year. I wish him well and hope for a quick and easy recovery.
In Twins notes: JJ Hardy is ripping to get back on the field – he’s pain free and pushing the staff to let him come back before the schedule they had planned in advance. BREAKING NEWS: JJ will have his first rehab start on Wednesday! Casilla is also progressing and getting close to taking batting practice.
On to tonight’s game – I really do feel like this is a make or break start for Nick Blackburn. Given how much I like him as a pitcher and how much I like it when the Twins do well, I really hope his May form returns. *crosses fingers*
|Jackson, A, CF||Span, CF|
|Damon, DH||Hudson, O, 2B|
|Ordonez, RF||Mauer, C|
|Cabrera, M, 1B||Morneau, 1B|
|Boesch, LF||Kubel, RF|
|Guillen, C, 2B||Cuddyer, 3B|
|Inge, 3B||Thome, DH|
|Avila, C||Young, D, LF|
|Santiago, SS||Punto, SS|
|Galarraga, P||Blackburn, P|
WOOOOOOWWWW!!!! YAY for a fantastic WIN! GREAT outting for Blackburn who probably kept his job with this outting. Feels good to have an offensive explosion to remind the boys that they do know how to do that.
Oh yeah, and how about Denard Span?!!??!?!?!!? I really don’t know how to talk about a Twin who hits THREE TRIPLES in one game. The last player to do that in MLB was Rafael Furcal in 2002 but the last TWIN to do it was Kenny Landreaux WAAAAAY back in 1980. And he now leads the American League with triples this year – 7 (so far 😉 )
Yeah, there was some great offense out there tonight but no one matches that tonight. Spanky is CLEARLY the BOD in unanimous vote of the chat!