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07/06/09 7:49 PM ET

Specialist confirms Slowey's strained wrist

Righty's injury is no more serious than Twins thought

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins got positive news on Kevin Slowey's right wrist injury Monday when a specialist in Baltimore confirmed the club's original diagnosis, Twins general manager Bill Smith said.

The doctor diagnosed Slowey with a strained wrist and treated it with a cortisone injection. The plan now, Smith said, is to have Slowey rest for a couple of days before he starts back on a throwing program.

"We're going to let it calm down," Smith said of the trouble spot in Slowey's wrist. "And then we'll get him back throwing in a few days."

Slowey was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right wrist following his start on Friday.

Trying to become the first pitcher to 11 wins in the Majors, Slowey lasted just three innings against the Tigers on Friday due to the sharp pain he was experiencing in his wrist. While Slowey had been getting treatment on his right wrist all season after taking a line drive off it in his final 2008 start against the White Sox, this was the first time he had experienced pain while throwing.

Slowey, who is 10-3 with a 4.86 ERA in 16 starts for the Twins, is eligible to come off the DL on July 19.

Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.