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Updated: August 21st, 2010 5:12pm
Slowey (triceps) and Mahay (shoulder) to DL; Blackburn and Slama recalled

Slowey (triceps) and Mahay (shoulder) to DL; Blackburn and Slama recalled

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The hits keep on coming for the Minnesota Twins. And not the good kind of hits.

Kevin Slowey left Saturday's 9-3 loss to the Angels after just three innings due to discomfort in his right triceps. Three innings later, left-hander Ron Mahay jammed his right (non-pitching) shoulder after stumbling while trying to field a groundball.

Both pitchers were placed on the 15-day disabled list immediately after the game, with Nick Blackburn and Anthony Slama being recalled from Class-AAA Rochester. The severity of injuries is unknown, and both pitchers will be given MRIs on Monday.

Slowey, who did not feel any discomfort until the third inning, said the triceps strain is different than the tendinitis he experienced behind his elbow two weeks ago.

"It was one pitch, actually, in that last at bat," Slowey said. "I threw it, and the belly of the muscle kind of grabbed. It was similar to a cramp, maybe, and I think that's what I hoped it was and is. I talked to our doctors and they said it looks like (I) strained the actual muscle itself, not the tendonous juncture.

"Frustrating, absolutely. There's nothing more that I can do about it -- listen to what our doctors have to say and what our medical staff wants me to do with it, and kind of go from there."

Mahay was wearing a sling when talking to reporters in the clubhouse.

"I think it was just my movement towards going after the ball is what actually kind of like strained it," Mahay said. "And then landing on it didn't really help either.

"As of right now it's swollen and stiff."

With Jose Mijares out for the next three-plus weeks following surgery on a torn meniscus, the Twins' left-handed reliever situation is dire. Glen Perkins, the only bullpen lefty, threw two innings and allowed two earned runs on Saturday, and he is much better against right-handed hitters (.791 OPS) than left-handed hitters (.859 OPS) throughout his career.

"We have to ad lib a little bit here," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Slowey labored mightily in his three innings of work Saturday, allowing four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while throwing 69 pitches.

Last Sunday, Slowey was pulled from a no-hitter after seven innings for precautionary reasons -- he missed his prior start on August 11 due to tendinitis behind his pitching elbow.

Blackburn last pitched on Wednesday for Rochester. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings, striking out five. In four Triple-A starts, Blackburn had a 2.49 ERA with 13 strikeouts to six walks in 21 2/3 innings.

Slowey's next scheduled start was for Thursday in Texas against Cliff Lee. The Twins have yet to make any decisions as to whether or not they will re-organize the starting rotation.

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