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Don't call it a setback: Morneau won't join Twins in Chicago

Aug 9, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

The hope was that Justin Morneau would be able to join the team in Chicago on Monday in order to participate in batting practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. No dice, apparently.

While refusing to call it a setback, Twins general manager Bill Smith told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that there was a change in plans.

“He’s made good progress the last week,” Smith said. “Chicago was a
possibility, just like Cleveland was a possibility [this past weekend],
depending on how things went last week. But Justin’s very comfortable
with the facilities at Target Field, so he’s going to continue doing his
workouts there.”

Morneau was given the day off Monday, but is expected to resume his workouts at Target Field on Tuesday. There was some chatter over the weekend about a possible minor league rehab
assignment later this week — and that could still very well happen — but Smith cautioned that due to the nature
of the injury, they have to be “careful about the forecasts.”  

Morneau hasn’t played since suffering a concussion from a knee to the head by Toronto’s John McDonald on July 7. Continuing to ride the wave of outstanding seasons from Carl Pavano and Delmon Young, the Twins are 18-10 since that day and have picked up a game in the standings. They currently sit just a half-game behind the White Sox in the American League Central and could pull dead even if the ChiSox lose to the suddenly-hot Orioles tonight.  

  1. mrfloydpink - Aug 9, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Might be time for the Twins to cut Morneau.

  2. mr. nick - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    for the love of god, please come back. my team needs you!

  3. Mrsteve - Aug 9, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    get him some diapers

  4. mike wants wins - Aug 9, 2010 at 9:59 PM

    Hard to believe they are nearly in first, with Morneau missing this much time, and Cuddeyer, Kubel and Span all having below average (compared to themselves and more importantly their peers) years.

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