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Twins pitcher to miss 2009 with elbow

Nov. 11, 2008 at 8:01 PM

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday that reliever Pat Neshek will have ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow.

No date has been announced for the procedure which likely will force him to miss the entire 2009 season.

Neshek, in his third year in the big leagues, appeared in 15 games for Minnesota in 2008 before suffering an elbow injury in May. He finished 0-1 with a 4.73 earned-run average and 15 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.

The 28-year-old re-injured his elbow in an offseason throwing session and underwent an MRI Tuesday that revealed a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

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