Hold Your Breath Twins Fans
Whenever your star closer breaks camp to have his surgically-repaired elbow looked at, all the excitement surrounding the start of a new year comes to a screeching halt. The joy of finally having outdoor baseball in Minnesota again is replaced with the fear that they will suffer a similar fate as the Mets in their new ballpark.
For now they are just running some tests on the elbow, but is certainly is concerning. Hopefully they are just being extra cautious. As long as Dr. James Andrews is not mentioned regarding Nathan, I can breathe a little easier as a Joe Nathan owner. Still, I can’t help put feel something in the pit of my stomach after plunking down $18 of my fictional $330 in a slow auction for his services. My fingers are crossed.
In other news, Dodgers catcher Russell Martin will be out four to six weeks with a strained groin, putting his availability for the season opener in question. It’s unfortunate because Martin beefed up 25 pounds in an effort to return to his former All-Star level.
Not nearly as important as Nathan and Russell, Kansas City’s Alex Gordon will miss nearly a month with a broken thumb. He could also miss Opening Day.