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Brad Radke


Radke has a torn labrum, and he's not considering surgery since he plans to call it quits after the season. For someone who has never been a strikeout specialist, such a weakness has made Radke's fastball even more vulnerable. That made it more critical for one of the game's best control pitchers to work the corners and effectively change speeds.


The Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that Radke will make his scheduled start on Thursday despite struggling with a sore shoulder in his last start.


After allowing five runs over five innings in Minnesota's loss to Oakland Monday, Radke is expected to be shut down for the rest of the season with a sore neck and shoulder. The ailment has been bothering the Twins' righthander for most of 2005. Because of the injury, Radke hasn't thrown in the bullpen between starts since the All-Star break.


The neck and shoulder pain that plagued Radke in June continues to be a factor. The Twins' righthander has pitched with soreness for most of the 2005 season.


Radke worked a bullpen session Tuesday and had no problem with the neck stiffness that has plagued him in recent weeks. The Twins' righthander will make his scheduled start on Friday against the Royals in Kansas City. The 32-year-old veteran is 5-8 with a 4.07 ERA in 17 starts this season.


Radke continues to be bothered by neck pain and has had his next start for the Twins pushed back from Tuesday until Friday. The Twins' righthander will throw a bullpen session on Tuesday to determine if he will be fit to work against the Royals in Kansas City Friday. Top prospect Scott Baker has been recalled to make Tuesday's start against the Angels.


Radke has been pitching with neck pain recently, and the Twins' righthander has been seeing a chiropractor regularly to combat the discomfort. Radke said Sunday he doesn't expect to miss any starts due to his ailing neck, but pitching coach Rick Anderson told reporters that he will make sure Radke is OK before clearing him to start Friday in Milwaukee.


Going the distance in Thursday's 9-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians, Radke recorded the 10th shutout and 36th complete game of his major league career. The Twins' veteran righthander was nearly perfect, allowing three hits, striking out eight batters and walking none over nine innings of work.

With the win, Radke improved to 3-3 in seven starts this season, and saw his ERA drop from 4.39 to 3.60. He has pitched six or more innings in every one of his outings in 2005.