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Pregame notes: Clay Condrey to get second opinion; no timetable on Neshek

Pregame notes: Clay Condrey to get second opinion; no timetable on Neshek

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Reliever Clay Condrey will get a second opinion on his problematic throwing elbow before deciding whether to keep throwing or shut down his arm for two months.

Those were the options the Minnesota Twins' medical staff gave Condrey, 34, who hasn't pitched in a game since complaining of weakness in his throwing arm late in spring training and underwent an MRI on Tuesday.

Reading from the team's medical report, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the MRI showed "inflammation in the area of the tendon. The UCL looked fine, normal. (Condrey) was presented with two options -- he can continue to throw as long as the symptoms don't get worse, with a slight risk of further injury or an injection, or he can be totally shut down for two months."

So, Condrey's next step will be getting examined by Dr. David Altchek, the New York Mets' team doctor who performed Joe Nathan's Tommy John surgery on March 26.

"He has a big decision, so he's going to get another opinion, which is a good thing," Gardenhire said. "He should. What is he -- 34, 35 years old? If he goes down there and starts throwing and something were to happen, it'd be a hard road back. So, a second opinion is not a bad thing -- just go get it done, check all your avenues and go from there."

The Twins also seem unlikely to have reliever Pat Neshek (hand) available anytime soon.

"It's kind of up in the air, because we've had so much indecisiveness on how he feels," Gardenhire said of Neshek, who threw on Tuesday at extended spring training in Florida.

"It goes kind of day to day. Some days -- he has good days and bad days, and until we can get it to where he feels good all the time and gets out there and consistently throws, you can't do anything about it. So, that's the key here, is getting him where he go and throw without pain and then get into some games and face hitters on a rehab assignment or something.

"I don't even have a timeframe. He's been out awhile, pretty good while here, so he needs to pitch."

Neshek last pitched for the Twins on April 28.

• LHP Brian Duensing is slated to be on the mound when the game umpires suspended on Tuesday picks up in the sixth inning at 4:05 p.m. If Duensing pitches well, he likely will go two innings. "He needs to pitch," Gardenhire said. "That bullpen stuff, one or two hitters -- he needs to pitch more. So, this will be a good one for him to get out there and pitch a little more."

• C Joe Mauer will finish the suspended game behind the plate, then likely will serve as the designated hitter in tonight's game. "I don't think you can catch 13 innings today," Gardenhire said. "It doesn't seem like much to finish off this game, but it will be when you turn it into another game after that." Drew Butera will catch LHP Francisco Liriano the nightcap.

• 3B Nick Punto (finger) is feeling a "lot better today," Gardenhire said, but probably only will be available as a defensive replacement and pinch runner today. "I don't think he's ready to swing yet," Gardenhire said, adding Punto "may be available for (Thursday). I'll have to see how he comes in."

• SS J.J. Hardy (wrist) came out of Tuesday no worse for wear.

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