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Joe Mauer returns to the lineup and Justin Morneau takes BP

Sep 30, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

Joe Mauer is back in the Twins’ lineup at designated hitter tonight after sitting out nine games with a knee injury, which is a good sign given that Minnesota certainly had the leeway to continue resting him through the final weekend.
In other positive Twins news, Justin Morneau felt good enough to take pregame batting practice this afternoon, and even played some catch with a football in the outfield. Not so long ago Morneau was totally out of the public eye as he struggled with post-concussion symptoms, but the former MVP is seemingly finally making some progress in his recovery.
Morneau admitted after the round of BP that being ready for the ALDS next week likely isn’t realistic, but expressed some optimism at being available for the ALCS if the Twins advance that far. Last week Ron Gardenhire basically ruled out Morneau until 2011, so even some hope for a mid-October return is very nice to hear after more than three months on the sidelines.

  1. Trevor B - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:35 PM

    I just heard all of Minneapolis/St. Paul exhale.

  2. minnesconsin_ad - Sep 30, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    nahh, we’re fine. no one really had any doubt Mauer would be back, and no one is holding their breath for Morneau’s return. If it happens, it’s essentially icing on the cake (because I think gravy is just gross.)

  3. Old Gator - Sep 30, 2010 at 10:27 PM

    If you think gravy is gross on a cake, you should see it on a horsemeat and velveeta sandwich. As a matter of fact, I think the chances are pretty good that by mid-October you will be seeing it on a horsemeat and velveeta sandwich.

  4. avg joe - Oct 1, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    I’m more concerned with Thome’s back and Rauch’s knee. Time is starting to run out for getting healthy in time…

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