By Joe Christensen
Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey said today that he he will have surgery on his right wrist, and is likely done for the season.
Slowey, 25, is 10-3 with a 4.86 ERA this season and has been on the disabled list since July 4. He has been trying to rehab the injury without surgery but said he talked to the team’s medical staff about season-ending surgery today.
Slowey plans to go to Baltimore and have a specialist, Dr. Thomas Graham, perform the surgery. Slowey said the recovery time is two to four months.
“It’s difficult,” Slowey said. “I’ll continue to be here and hang out with the guys and do everything I can to get back as soon as possible. I think the most important thing for me is to get ready for next year now, to get this done and to prepare for being able to be part of the team as soon as possible.”
The injury means Anthony Swarzak will remain in the Twins rotation along with Nick Blackburn, Scott Baker, Francisco Liriano and Glen Perkins. Beyond that, the Twins top starting pitching options are in their bullpen, in R.A. Dickey, Bobby Keppel and Brian Duensing.
Slowey originally sustained the injury last September against the White Sox, when he was hit in the wrist with a line drive from Juan Uribe. He saw Dr. Graham at the time and received a cortisone shot.
Slowey said the injury didn’t bother him early this season, when he emerged as an All-Star candidate, but did affect him in his final few starts before going on the DL. Slowey had hoped to begin a minor-league rehab stint with Class AAA Rochester but felt pain again in a throwing session Friday.
“I got out to 90 feet, and just the combination of the pain and the fact I couldn’t make the ball do what I wanted to do, even in throwing and playing catch,” he said. “Our medical team and [pitching coach Rick Anderson] and [manager Ron Gardenhire] have been very adamant throughout that my health is of the utmost concern.
“At no point did they want me to be out there taking pain killers to throw and trying to just gut it out because that’s not going to help me or the team. They’ve done a great job, and as far as Andy and Gardy are concerned, they’ve treated me as if I was their kid, and that’s something I really appreciate.”