Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/22/14
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The Minnesota Twins starting rotation has been a work in progress all along.  The picture got even murkier (or clearer, depending on how you consider it) yesterday, when the team disclosed that Nick Blackburn will undergo surgery on his right (throwing) wrist Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic. Blackburn, who will turn 31 in February, has struggled with pain in his wrist since 2011.  He even underwent surgery following that campaign to free an entrapped nerve.  However, the pain returned last season, causing Blackburn to hurl a career low 98 innings, and ultimately be sent to AAA ball and removed from the Twins 40-man roster. The native of Ada, Oklahoma has been with Minnesota his entire career.  He has compiled a won-lost record of 43-55, winning in double digits three consecutive seasons. The Minneapolis'Star Tribunes' La Velle E. Neal III reports that the 6'4", 240 lb. starter will be in a cast for six weeks following the surgery before he can begin rehab. Once he is cleared to throw, he will need several weeks to get his arm in shape.  This is already the second surgery for Blackburn since the close of 2012...He had a bone chip removed from his elbow in October.  Uncomfortably familiar to the knife, Nick has also had bone spurs removed from his elbow following the 2010 season. The Twins are already hoping for Mike Pelfrey and Rich Harden, both off-season acquisitions, and both trying to return from arm injuries, to be a part of their 2013 rotation. The competition for spots may have just thinned out, but finding enough healthy arms to fill out a starting staff may still be the Twins biggest challenge. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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