Edit by Jesse: Thanks to natetheskate for posting this. Please see below the jump for an explanation, and a quote from Neshek himself. Gotta love you some Neshek!
There's been a lot of speculation & uncertainty about Pat Neshek lately but luckily Pat is a class act to his fans and goes directly to them with info. Here's Pat's Facebook status from about an hour ago: "Had an MRI, Went to a Hand Specialist, found pain was coming from my palm and not my finger like intially diagnosed. Can't wait to be back pitching."
Sounds like it's been pretty frustrating for Pat. Someone mentioned on his wall that Jim Souhan and Patrick Reusse were saying he's in the doghouse with Gardy, and that sort of set him off:
"Yeah it's been a drag on me. Here's what's going on. I injured my finger about 3 weeks ago, got a cortisone shot in the finger and told to rest for a week. The pain never went away but my finger felt a little better. During the entire time throwing I have not felt that well out there playing catch (painful to grip and release the ball) and in games. I pitched with pain since the initial diagnosis said that it would go away and throwing a baseball would help it. Well, 3 weeks have passed and I'm still having trouble gripping a ball. I went in for an MRI and to a hand specialist and learned that I was misdiagnosed. My pain was coming from near the palm of my hand where my middle finger in my palm...called a pulley tendon. The best thing to help it is a direct injection of cortisone, rest, not to stretch it or use it doing things that put stress on it. To get a cortisone injection I need to wait at least 4 weeks after my last one. I had my last one 3 weeks ago. I'm not happy with anything that has gone on especially when it could have been taken care off 3 weeks ago and was told the wrong info. For me I'm not going to risk tearing a finger, I want this to be healed ASAP and I want to pitch ASAP. You have to understand the press really doesn't understand what is really going on other than what they read or what they hear and they need to have something to talk about. My number one priority is to get this feeling fine and pitch...I don't care where I pitch Twins, AAA, AA, A whatever because I know when I'm healthy I will be getting guys out, But as for right now I'm hurting and need to get this feeling normal. That's where I'm at right now, as far as the guys in the media they have no clue, Gardy & I are on the same page, we had a miscommunication in Cleveland but are on the same page and both agree the #1 thing is to get healthy and pitch."