Blackburn scheduled for surgery on forearm

Blackburn scheduled for surgery on forearm

Blackburn scheduled for surgery on forearm
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins right-hander Nick Blackburn is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right forearm on Friday to relieve pressure stemming from an entrapped nerve in his right forearm muscle.

Blackburn said the recovery time is six to eight weeks, and that it won't affect his normal offseason throwing program.

"I usually don't start throwing until around Christmas so even if I didn't have the surgery I wouldn't have started throwing any earlier," said Blackburn, who will have his forearm operated on by Dr. Thomas Varecka. "So this will work with the timing because I'll be done rehabbing by the time I start throwing. So it won't be a concern next year."