By Joe Christensen
Twins reliever Pat Neshek will undergo a magnetic resonance imaging exam on his right elbow Tuesday after experiencing discomfort during his throwing program last week in Fort Myers, Fla., General Manager Bill Smith said.
Neshek, 28, injured the elbow May 9 in Chicago and missed the rest of the season. He had an MRI at the time and was diagnosed with an acute partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. The Twins recommended that he rehab the injury instead of having surgery.
Neshek began his throwing program in September and had hoped to be back to 100 percent by spring training. Smith said Neshek felt something in the elbow after throwing a pitch last week. Neshek traveled to the Twin Cities today and will be examined Tuesday by Dr. Dan Buss.
Neshek is 11-5 with a 2.91 ERA in 121 career appearances with the Twins and has held opposing hitters to a .188 batting average.
Neshek has given occasional updates on his rehab progress on his blog. The last one came Oct. 19:
Everything is still going as planned…About a week from today I will be throwing off the mound and a week after that I will be mixing in my slider. I’m pretty sure things will go well since I haven’t had a problem since I hurt my arm back in May. If everything goes well I will be finishing up my throwing/rehab program on Nov 14th.