The other reason he’s in good spirits is that his wife, Alicia, is pregnant with twins and is in the clear after battling complications. It wasn’t an easy offseason for the family. Blackburn made several trips to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester to visit Dr. Richard Berger, the specialist who discovered the problem in his wrist and developed the surgery. Blackburn is the second major league player to have the surgery. The other is Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who has said the surgery saved his career in 2006.
Star Tribune by La Velle E. Neal III