Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Blackburn leaves game with arm injury

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: August 21, 2011 - 2:13 PM

Twins pitcher Nick Blackburn left Sunday's start against the Yankees in the second inning with a lateral forearm strain and will be re-evaluated Monday.

Blackburn, who had artroscopic surgery on his right elbow last October, walked four batters in 1 1/3 innings. He motioned for catcher Drew Butera to come to the mound after walking the bases loaded with one out in the second.

Pitching coach Rick Anderson and trainer Dave Pruemer went to check on Blackburn, and Manager Ron Gardenhire could be seen in the dugout rubbing his hand over his face, probably wondering, "What next?" for his injury-riddled squad.


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