Twins’ Randy Dobnak approaches rehab appearances

If all had remained healthy this year, perhaps that is what would have happened. Dobnak, Thorpe, and Smeltzer had to serve as the Twins’ depth of rotation for a few years now. Instead, all were injured for an extended period, opening up opportunities for the rookie trio.

Dobnak, for his part, doesn’t seem too hung up on this fact. He has seen this group play in the minor leagues and is happy to see them given an opportunity in the major leagues. His problem is that he is fed up with not throwing.

“It sucks because I want to go out and throw every five days,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if I’m in the bullpen. I just wanna play. “

Dobnak, out of action since June 24 with an elongation of the right middle finger, is finally approaching that. On Monday, he threw his first bullpen, a 25-pitch effort that he said went well. He pitched again Wednesday before the series final against the Chicago White Sox at Target Field.

The strain on his finger was not a sharp injury, but rather a pain that Dobnak said built up over time, starting after his fingernail tore off and he went to a salon to get it. a fake for his June 9 start against the Yankees.

“I felt it after this game. I think it was because my finger was so bruised that day that I was throwing the ball differently, I guess, ”Dobnak said. “After the game, I thought, ‘It’s a bit painful here. It’s different.’ I know what normal pain is.

Dobnak kept the pitcher on for a few more weeks, until the pain increased to the point of forcing him to shut everything down. He first stopped throwing for a week. After resuming the throw, things still didn’t feel right, so he gave her a few extra weeks of rest and also got a cortisone injection for pain relief.

“I used to throw every day,” he says. “I don’t really have too much pain to the point where I feel like I can’t throw. When it happened, it was painful. I have faced pain all my life. It was weird not being able to throw. I have a lot of free time.

As he gets older he is about to have less free time. On the 60-day injured list, Dobnak would be eligible to return later this month. Before that, he expects to make “some rehab debut” and hopes to get back to a full workload of six innings and more.

“This is the first injury I have ever suffered,” he said. “You would think it would be like an arm hurts instead of a finger for a pitcher. It’s different.”

1991 reunion

The Twins will honor the 1991 World Series champions this weekend, once again welcoming more than 25 players, coaches and staff for the 30th anniversary.

On Friday night, fans will have the opportunity to snap photos with the players, including Jack Morris, and season ticket holders will have an additional photo opportunity. In-game, the World Series trophy will be on display in Truly On Deck for fans to take a photo with. Fans will have additional photo opportunities on Saturday.

Saturday’s pre-game ceremony will begin at 5:50 p.m. before the 6:10 a.m. game and will feature a panel discussion with Chili Davis, Kent Hrbek and Andy MacPhail, moderated by announcer Dick Bremer. Highlights, thoughts and never-before-seen footage will also be displayed on the video board, and a first ceremonial pitch will follow.

Briefly

Manager Rocco Baldelli said Josh Donaldson (hamstring), who was the Twins’ designated hitter on Tuesday, did well and is still on track to play third base on Friday against Tampa Bay. . The Twins will recognize Nelson Cruz that night, returning for the first time since being traded to the Rays on July 22.

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