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Updated: April 14th, 2012 9:30pm
MRI on Nick Blackburn's right shoulder shows no serious damage

MRI on Nick Blackburn's right shoulder shows no serious damage

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins can breathe a brief sigh of relief.

An MRI on right-hander Nick Blackburn's shoulder showed no significant damage, a major league source said Saturday night. Blackburn will be re-evaluated in the coming days, but it's possible he could still make his next scheduled start later this week.

Blackburn left Saturday's game against the Texas Rangers with posterior shoulder stiffness after only one out was recorded in the sixth inning. Before leaving, Blackburn had thrown 79 pitches while allowing two earned runs on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings.

With Scott Baker out for the season, Blackburn is one of the most important keys to the Twins' pitching staff.

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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In this story: Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn