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“Had MRI, Went to Hand Specialist, found pain was coming from my palm and not my finger like 1st diagnosed Can’t wait to be back pitching.”
Late last night on his Facebook page, Neshek wrote:
“Yeah it’s been a drag on me. Here’s what’s going on. I injured my finger about 3 weeks ago, got a cortisone shot in the finger and told to rest for a week. The pain never went away but my finger felt a little better. During the entire time throwing I have not felt that well out there playing catch (painful to grip and release the ball) and in games. I pitched with pain since the initial diagnosis said that it would go away and throwing a baseball would help it. Well, 3 weeks have passed and I’m still having trouble gripping a ball. I went in for an MRI and to a hand specialist and learned that I was misdiagnosed. My pain was coming from near the palm of my hand where my middle finger in my palm…called a pulley tendon. The best thing to help it is a direct injection of cortisone, rest, not to stretch it or use it doing things that put stress on it. To get a cortisone injection I need to wait at least 4 weeks after my last one. I had my last one 3 weeks ago. I’m not happy with anything that has gone on especially when it could have been taken care of 3 weeks ago and was told the wrong info. For me, I’m not going to risk tearing a finger, I want this to be healed ASAP and I want to pitch ASAP. My number one priority is to get this feeling fine and pitch…I don’t care where I pitch Twins, AAA, AA, A, whatever, because I know when I’m healthy, I will be getting guys out, But as for right now, I’m hurting and need to get this feeling normal. That’s where I’m at right now. Gardy & I are on the same page, we had a miscommunication in Cleveland but are on the same page and both agree the #1 thing is to get healthy and pitch.”
I am really happy that Pat has made this information known. He has been unfairly beaten up a little by some in the media who took some initial reports (Please note- the Twins beat writers have done a great job of reporting. They reported the information that they had at the time. Some columnists and radio shows have taken the unfair shots at Neshek.), made some assumptions and ran with them. Hopefully with the news that Neshek did have an MRI and found that he was misdiagnosed, some of those people will take a step back. Why the Twins didn’t have Neshek do an MRI right away instead of wasting a month, who knows? I don’t think anyone can or should question Pat Neshek’s effort and desire to pitch. He has shown that over the last couple of years. Most important, it is good to hear that Pat and Gardy are on good terms. That is obviously important as well. The key is that they now have the right diagnosis and a plan in place that will help get Pat Neshek back on the mound for the Minnesota Twins when he is ready.
RADIO UPDATE – At approximately 9:15 on Thursday morning, I will be on KFAN and KFAN.com with Paul Allen, talking about the Twins, so be sure to listen if you are able.
SethSpeaks Wednesday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Yancarlos Ortiz – New Britain Rockcats
SethSpeaks Wednesday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Edgar Ibarra – Beloit Snappers
Red Wings Report
Wednesday – Rochester – No Game Scheduled
New Britain Notes
Wednesday – New Britain 9, New Hampshire 3 – The Rockcats needed a win, and they got a laugher. David Bromberg had a substandard start by his standards), but he kept damage to a minimum. Bromberg gave up three runs (2 earned) on seven hits and five walks. Joe Testa recorded his first win. In two innings, he gave up three hits but no runs. He walked none and struck out three. Spencer Steedley, Chris Province and Santos Arias each gave up one hit and one walk, but no runs, in one inning of relief. Yancarlos Ortiz went 3-3 with two walks. Chris Parmelee went 2-5 with his fourth and fifth doubles. Rene Tosoni was 2-4 with a walk and second home run. Alexander Soto went 2-5 with a double. Ben Revere had two hits and his seventh stolen base.
Wednesday – Ft. Myers 0, Jupiter 3 – The Miracle bats simply were unable to get much accomplished in this game. They managed just three hits. Michael Tarsi started and went five innings. He gave up three runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out three. Blake Martin and Shooter Hunt each threw two scoreless innings. Hunt walked none and struck out two.
Wednesday – Beloit 5, Clinton 2 – Edgar Ibarra joined the Snappers starting staff, replacing the promoted Dan Osterbrock, and recorded his third win of the year. The lefty went five innings and gave up one run on three hits. He walked none and struck out three. Peter Kennelly gave up one run on two hits and walked five in two innings. Dakota Watts then threw two shutout frames.
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