Report: Twins' Radke to test shoulder on Tuesday
He pitched with a sore shoulder for most of the season and, at times, carried the Minnesota Twins. Now, he wants to see if he can just give the team a final push.
"A lot of this is going to depend on Tuesday," Radke told the Star-Tribune. "If I feel good, then I'll start building it up."
Radke, who is 12-9 with a 4.46 ERA, was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his shoulder two weeks ago. He hadn't pitched a bullpen session since May and received cortisone shots in July and August. Now, he hopes to return by the last week of the regular season, but "if I feel good it could be sooner," Radke said.
The timing could prove critical. After Sunday's 12-1 win over the Tigers, Minnesota trailed Detroit by only two games in the AL Central. The Twins led the Chicago White Sox by 1½ games in the AL wild-card race.