RandBall: Four games, four cursed Twins pitchers
- Blog Post by: Michael Rand
- February 6, 2013 - 3:26 PM
In case you forgot, these are the four pitchers who made the first four starts in April of 2012 for the Twins. Yes, that's less than a year ago. Are they cursed? You decide.
Carl Pavano: Had injury-plagued season, went into this offseason as a free agent, ruptured his spleen shoveling snow a couple weeks ago.
Francisco Liriano: Struggled mightily before being traded to the White Sox. Was a free agent in the offseason. Reportedly suffered a bathroom fall this offseason, leading to a break in his non-throwing arm and delaying a contract with the Pirates that is still not done.
Anthony Swarzak: Modest success as spot-starter/longman in 2012. Suffered two fractured ribs in horseplay-related incident at TwinsFest, as reported Wednesday, despite Troy McClure's repeated speaking out against horseplay.
Nick Blackburn: Went 4-9 with a 7.39 ERA last year; has had two surgeries this offseason, including a recent one on his forearm.
We're not saying, we're just saying. If you made a start for the Twins in 2012, watch out. Jason Marquis was the fifth pitcher to make a start. Has anyone checked in on him lately? Things worked pretty well after the Twins dumped him, but you never know.
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