Bonser to have surgery on Wednesday

Posted on February 24th, 2009 – 11:46 AM
By La Velle

Twins reliever Boof Bonser will have exploratory surgery on Wednesday in St. Petersburg to try to get to the bottom of why he’s having shoulder problems.

The surgery will be performed by Rays’ team physician Dr. Koco Eaton.

Bonser will miss at least several weeks because of the surgery – but even longer if he needs more than just a clean-up. Bonser reported shoulder soreness at the end of last season but an MRI revealed no structural damage. Rest didn’t help, as Bonser threw three times off a mound in January and still felt discomfort.

Eaton gave him a cortisone shot right before he reported for spring training – but experienced only minimal results.

“It’s disappointing,” Bonser said Tuesday morning.

That could open a door for righthanders Philip Humber or Jason Jones to make the team, if the Twins head north with 12 pitchers.

Other notes: After Glen Perkins, Joe Nathan, Jesse Crain and Bobby Keppel are on the list of pitchers for tomorrow night’s game against the Red Sox.

The catchers: Mike Redmond, Wilson Ramos and Chris Butera.

Infielders: Justin Morneau, Nick Punto, Alexi Casilla and Brian Buscher.

Joe Mauer worked out and took some swings off flip-throws in the batting cage. Things seem to be moving in the right direction. “Today was a good day,” said Mauer, who had more pep in his step on Tuesday than he did when camp first started.

I’m trying to keep track of any Juan Cruz news but have I nothing new. I’ll chime in when I do.

One last thing: I know the Twins’ trainers have been taking shots here, but how do you cure something when MRI exams show no structural damage? Even the Rays’ doctor looked at them and found nothing odd. Exploratory surgery is not an option until everyone is out of answers – and I think things got to that point this week.

And a programming note: I will fill in for Paul Allen tomorrow from 9-12 on KFAN. Twins assistant GM Rob Antony has agreed to come on during the 9 a.m, hour. It should be fun!

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