Neshek Injury was Misdiagnosed

6 May

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1500 ESPN’s Phil Mackey was the first to report that Pat Neshek had posted an update on his injury situation on his Twitter account.

 “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 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.

Miracle Matters

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.  

Snappers Snippets

Wednesday – Beloit 5, Clinton 2Edgar 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.

Any questions? Leave your comments here.


13 Responses to “Neshek Injury was Misdiagnosed”

  1. Kyle B May 6, 2010 at 2:25 am #

    Chris Herrmann threw out two runners a total of three times in the game.

  2. TT May 6, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    Shooter Hunt is looking like he may still be a prospect. I wonder if the Twins will put him back in the rotation if he keeps throwing strikes.

  3. Jeff S May 6, 2010 at 7:23 am #

    I guess I hadn’t heard anything about issues or miscommunication between Gardy and Neshek about this injury. Did I just miss that, or was it kept out of the media for the most part? Does it bother anyone that there are the occasional communication issues between Gardy and pitchers?
    Enough on Gardy and the pitchers, ti was a nice sweep of the Tigers, and looking forward to taking at least 3 of 4 from the O’s! By the way, how lucky am I that the only thing my wife wanted for Mothers Day was Twins tickets!!!

  4. mike wants wins May 6, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    he pretty much just sealed his fate with Gardy. Neshek is too open, honest, and out front for Gardy’s taste. I see him traded as soon as he’s healthy and pitching well again.

  5. thrylos98 May 6, 2010 at 9:01 am #

    I hope that Pat gets well and pitches soon. The FO and the Pohlads really need to do something about the Twins’ medical stuff. They are borderline incompetent apparently… and this costs the Twins games.

  6. ben May 6, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    I must have missed Neshek getting raked over the coals. When I read about what was going on, I actually thought Neshek was getting a pass from the blogosphere considering how people have treated Glen Perkins.

    It’s usually pretty silly when we fans get worked up over what happens in the clubhouse. We really know so little about that stuff, yet we’re so willing to make judgements and have heated arguments about it.

    • thrylos98 May 6, 2010 at 9:41 am #

      Totally different situation than with Perkins. Neshek was hurting and he asked to go to the DL to fix his ailment instead of going to AAA and pitching and hurting himself worse. Perkins pretended to be hurt after 2-3 bad outings last season to excuse his inability…

      • TT May 6, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

        This is pure BS. There is no evidence Perkins was “pretending” to be hurt. He simply hid being hurt. And he spent several weeks rehabbing before they tried to send him to Rochester.

        Neshek said he was alright until they decided to send him to the minors.

        And I don’t think it is unusual for doctors to diagnose the obvious and only discover a larger problem when someone doesn’t heal/recover as expected.

  7. CapitalBabs May 6, 2010 at 9:31 am #

    Thanks for clearing things up Seth! I most certainly DIDN’T miss the coal-raking and bad press his reputation received over the last several days – more by insinuation than blunt text but just as damaging.

  8. DH in Philly May 6, 2010 at 11:38 am #

    Seth – Quite an achievement.

    In one post you can get riled up the “Gardy plays favorites” donkeys and the “I’m smarter than the medical staff” donkey(s).

    Keep up the great work.

  9. rover27 May 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm #

    If anyone hasn’t noticed, Gardy has the Red A@@! Listen to most any post-game interview and you’ll hear him constantly belittling the questions AND the questioners. Really sarcastic.

    He’s not in Tom Kelly’s class, but his arrogance is getting there.

  10. rover27 May 6, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    And if you want to see Gardy really go ballistic, ask him why it took the twin’s medical staff 3 weeks to diagnose Neshek’s injury. There’s some real negligence going on over there.

    Just remember how they handled Mauer’s knee injury a few years ago and how they originally handled Neshek’s arm injury. He basically missed an extra year because they said he didn’t need the Tommy John surgery. I’m sure there are other examples, too.

    I wouldn’t be too confident if I were Condrey, Mijares, Mauer, Harding, Nathan, etc. Didn’t Slowey run around to several other places to get second opinions because he didn’t have confidence in the Twin’s medical staff?

  11. Dave May 6, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    There’s not a lot of bend in Gardy, in case nobody’s noticed. (That’s a joke.)The irony is the better the team is, the less he will listen, because the players will continually bail him out of questionable decisions. But, to be fair, Gardy is not nearly as lackadaisical about the importance of April and May games as he used to be. When after only a batter or two he pulled Guerrier to have Duensing pitch to the left-handed hitter, I was impressed.

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