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As long as the doctor wears a surgical mask instead of a goalie's mask...

Posted at 1:41 PM on May 14, 2005 by Josh Lee

Despite tempting fate in the worst way, it looks like Twins bullpen resident Grant Balfour made it through Tommy John surgery without notable disaster. This comes as somewhat of a relief. Now, I like to think of myself as a rational sort of person, the kind that doesn't allow his actions to be driven by superstition or monkeys. But if my doctor told me that I needed to have season-ending surgery? And that my future as a major-league pitcher (or a pitcher of any kind, really) hung in the balance? And then told me that the surgery was scheduled for Friday? The 13th? I would have asked to reschedule.

Then again, it looks like Balfour was safer under the knife than the rest of the Twins were out on the field.

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