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Blackburn working his way back from injury

Nick Blackburn's 2011 season was cut short because of an entangled nerve in his right forearm. He had surgery in the off-season, and says he is "pretty close" to being able to go full speed. He threw his first bullpen session on Monday and said he "felt good."
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Nick Blackburn's 2011 season was cut short because of an entangled nerve in his right forearm. He had surgery in the off-season, and says he is "pretty close" to being able to go full speed. He threw his first bullpen session on Monday and said he "felt good."

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