Blackburn, not Doumit, goes to disabled list

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 18, 2012 - 7:52 PM

Instead of shelving catcher Ryan Doumit because of a strained right calf, the Twins placed Nick Blackburn on the DL because of a strained left quadriceps muscle.

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DETROIT - The Twins have had situations in recent years when players seemed a little too eager to go on the disabled list, so Thursday morning brought a welcome change.

Ryan Doumit said he was surprised to hear the team planned to put him on the 15-day DL because of a strained right calf. A magnetic resonance imaging exam late Wednesday night had shown only a mild strain, but the Twins already had announced the roster move, with Ben Revere on his way from Class AAA Rochester.

"When I started getting text messages saying, 'I heard they put you on the DL,' I thought it was a little weird they would make that move without talking to me first," Doumit said. "So I didn't sleep very well, and I didn't think it was something that would require 15 days. I've spent enough time on the DL in the past to know it's not fun."

Fortunately for the Twins, they hadn't filed the official forms with the commissioner's office. Instead of shelving Doumit, they placed Nick Blackburn on the DL due to a strained left quadriceps muscle.

Blackburn, who is 1-4 with an 8.37 ERA, needed the time anyway, as the injury impacted his previous two starts. The Twins have an open date Monday, so they won't need to fill his spot in the rotation until May 26.

"[Doumit] just wanted to make sure, if he doesn't have to go on [the DL], he didn't want to go on," General Manager Terry Ryan said. "That was a pleasant response. Usually, maybe you're battling guys the other way."

Doumit is batting .264 with five homers and a team-high 24 RBI. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Doumit is day-to-day, though it sounds as if the most he will do this weekend in Milwaukee is pinch hit.

"Best-case scenario is ... I'll be ready to DH or do something like that [Tuesday], the first game in Chicago, so that's what I'm hoping for," Doumit said.

Eyeing '14 All-Star Game

One of Major League Baseball's worst-kept secrets became official this week, when the Mets were awarded the 2013 All-Star Game, and it's well-known in ownership circles that the Twins are expected to play host to the 2014 event at Target Field.

"We remain optimistic about our chances to earn the 2014 All-Star Game for Minnesota," Twins President Dave St. Peter said in an e-mail. "We continue to meet with MLB with hopes that the commissioner will make a final decision soon."

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• Revere started in center field and went 1-for-4 with a walk and a stolen base in Thursday's 4-3 victory over Detroit, as Denard Span missed his third consecutive game due to right hamstring tightness. Span said he thinks he will be ready to play Friday.

• Drew Butera matched his career high with three hits, raising his batting average to .350 (7-for-20).

• Matt Capps had a sore arm Tuesday after pitching in three of the previous four games and warming up during the other. Gardenhire said the Twins were determined to give him a two-day break, knowing how Capps wore down last year. He responded with a 1-2-3 ninth inning Thursday, making him 8-for-8 in save opportunities.

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