Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/21/12
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There were already going to be plenty of question marks surrounding the Minnesota Twins' rotation for the 2013 season. For a while, Nick Blackburn didn't appear to be one of the question marks.But the Twins outrighted Blackburn to Triple-A Rochester on Monday, which changes at least his immediate future with the club. Outrighting a player is different than optioning a player to the minors. By being outrighted, Blackburn is no longer on the team's 40-man roster a sign that the club is prepared to move in a different direction. When a player is outrighted, he must first clear waivers before the major league team can assign him to the minors. That means 29 other teams passed on Blackburn, who was 4-9 with a 7.39 ERA in 19 starts with Minnesota this season.With Blackburn off the 40-man roster at this point in the season, it's highly unlikely he'll be put back on it in order to be a September call-up in a week and a half. So how does Blackburn factor into Minnesota's rotation in 2013? E...
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