Postgame update: Crede, Liriano, Blackburn

Posted on August 26th, 2009 – 11:22 PM
By Joe Christensen

(*) Joe Crede had an epidural in his back, and the Twins are waiting to decide whether he’ll be placed on the DL. He has missed the past five games, but apparently at one point when Crede was battling back problems with the White Sox, he was able to play a few days after having an epidural.

(*) Francisco Liriano also had a cortisone shot in his left elbow. This came as a postgame surprise, but as I wrote in our notebook, Manager Ron Gardenhire said he isn’t counting on Liriano or Glen Perkins to rejoin the rotation this season.

(*) As noted in the game story, Nick Blackburn’s fastball averaged 89.3 miles per hour. According to Fangraphs.com, that’s 1.5 mph off his season average.

“To be honest, these radar guns are kind of off a little bit,” Blackburn said. “I don’t think that has any indication how I’m throwing.”

Opponents are batting .381 off Blackburn since the All-Star break. He said the Orioles hit some good pitches tonight, but he’s not hiding from the fact he’s 0-5 with an 8.22 ERA in eight starts since the break.

“I’m getting tired of it,” he said. “It’s very frustrating to come to the field every time and continue to do this stuff. I’m trying to battle my way out of it, and I’m working just as hard as I was earlier in the season. I’m just trying to fight through it. Everyone keeps saying that’s how baseball is, but it’s frustrating.”

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