By La Velle
Folks, it’s not good.
Twins righthander Pat Neshek has been diagnosed with an acute partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He will not do any throwing for at least three months, which makes it doubtful that he’ll return before the end of the season.
I’m just guessing here, but Neshek may go visit a specialist to get another opinion. The press release didn’t say anything about surgery being needed, but you wonder about surgery since it involves the ever-important ulnar ligament.
Brendan Harris left Friday’s game with a tight right hamstring.
Nick Punto’s left hamstring is still sore, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wasn’t sure if he would be available at all tonight.
So the Twins are taking on the Red Sox with 23 players 9:30 p.m. update: 22 players.
Red Sox (23-14): 1. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF. 2. Dustin Pedroia, 2B. 3. David Ortiz, DH. 4. Manny Ramirez, LF. 5. Mike Lowell, 3B. 6. Kevin Youkilis, 1B. 7. J.D. Drew, RF. 8. Jason Varitek, C. 9. Juilo Lugo, SS. Pitching: Jon Lester.
Twins (17-16): 1. Carlos Gomez, CF. 2. Brendan Harris. 2B. 3. Joe Mauer, C. 4. Justin Morneau, 1B. 5. Michael Cuddyer, RF. 6. Jason Kubel, DH. 7. Delmon Young, LF. 8. Matt Tolbert, 3B. 9 Adam Everett, SS. Pitching: Boof Bonser.