MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins right-handed starter Nick Blackburn has left the game against the New York Yankees in the second inning with a lateral forearm strain in his pitching arm.

Blackburn gave up a hit in the first inning, then walked the bases loaded in the second before Twins trainer Dave Pruemer came out to check on him.

Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire joined them on the mound shortly after, and Blackburn walked to the dugout.

Right-hander Anthony Swarzak was called into emergency duty.

Blackburn needed 49 pitches to get through just 1 1-3 innings before he left. A team spokesman says he will be re-evaluated on Monday.

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Comments (3)
  1. Cat's Deeley says:

    As we approach September on the calendar, as a Twins fan I have to say, thank goodness football is just around the corner.

    Off-season, try to retain Cuddyer!!

    Dump the bad (a la Young already) bye-bye Pavano, Blackburn, Slowey, Nishi and Kubel – good hitter but he needs more versatility.

    Work on the players of tomorrow – Revere, Tosoni, Hughes and Plouffe.

    1. mauerfan says:

      Wow. Tosoni is awful, Revere is overrated, Plouffe and Hughes are good bench guys. Liam Hendriks, Joe Benson and others are the players of tomorrow.

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