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Updated: May 9th, 2012 11:42am
Dan Osterbrock claims Twins ignored shoulder injury; team disagrees

Dan Osterbrock claims Twins ignored shoulder injury; team disagrees

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Former seventh-round draft pick Dan Osterbrock has made bold accusations recently, and the Minnesota Twins disagree.

After being released from the Twins on March 22, Osterbrock, 25, said via Twitter that his "shoulder was hurting so instead of helping me out, they got rid of me."

Then on Tuesday Osterbrock tweeted "surgery went well. should be throwing soon. special thanks to the Twins for completely neglecting the obvious injury i had."

Terse words.

Osterbrock posted a 2.65 ERA with 106 strikeouts and 28 walks in 139 1/3 innings as a 23-year-old in 2010 between Low-A and High-A, but he was shut down after only six outings -- and a 6.93 ERA between High-A and Double-A -- in May of 2011 due to shoulder discomfort.

The Twins sent Osterbrock for an MRI, which the team said revealed no tear. To alleviate discomfort, Twins team doctor Daniel Buss performed cleanup surgery, and Osterbrock rehabbed for the rest of the season in his hometown Cincinnati.

When Twins minor league director Jim Rantz received word of Osterbrock's recent tweets, he said he was "a little surprised, obviously."

"I thought we did help him out. We did try to get him right. ...

"We brought him back before spring training to build strength up on his shoulder, got it cranked up and threw a couple bullpens, and it was evident he wasn't going to make the club out of spring training, so we decided to let him go and become a free agent."

Rantz said insurance will cover the cost of Osterbrock's second surgery, but he added that the Twins offered the chance for a second opinion upon the left-hander's release.

"I'm sorry that it's gone this route, because we've never had any issues with Dan," Rantz said. "Obviously he feels that we missed something here, but I thought we addressed it when it was an issue."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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