After giving up six earned runs on eight hits and a walk Tuesday night, struggling Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn is on his way to Class AAA Rochester, the club said Wednesday. Taking Blackburn's place on the active roster will be reliever Casey Fien.
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Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn doesn't like his chances of remaining with the club after this season, reports the Pioneer Press. The struggling right-hander, who was booted from the Twins' 40-man roster last month, admits he's "been terrible."
Twins examine options for struggling Blackburn
Trying to figure out a solution for struggling pitcher Nick Blackburn, the Twins are reportedly weighing options for the righthander, including a trip to Class AAA Rochester, having him skip a start or moving him to the bullpen. Blackburn, who hasn't won since June 22, lost to the Seattle Mariners Friday night to drop his record to 4-9.
Blackburn on track to start Tuesday
Nick Blackburn threw another bullpen session Friday and felt great afterward. That means the right-hander will likely rejoin the Twins’ rotation on Tuesday. If he does it will likely push Anthony Swarzak back into the bullpen. Swarzak was roughed up by the Yankees Thursday night.
Blackburn returns, with confidence
The disabled list behind him, Nick Blackburn returns to the Twins starting rotation tonight in Kansas City. Blackburn is coming back from a quad injury. He tells the Pioneer Press he’s confident and ready to start. While Blackburn was sharp in spring training, he’s had a rough year so far, compiling a 1-4 record over seven starts.
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