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Justin Morneau out of Twins’ lineup for third straight game with flu

Apr 19, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

Justin Morneau AP

Justin Morneau successfully came back from the concussion that sidelined him for eight months, but now he’s out with the same flu that has contributed to Joe Mauer‘s muddled health status.

Morneau is absent from the Twins’ lineup tonight for the third straight game after serving as their designated hitter Saturday, leaving the Twins without either of their former MVPs.

Jim Thome basically replaces Morneau in the lineup after carrying the Twins when Morneau went down last season, but he’s off to a slow start this year and Ron Gardenhire has used him sparingly. Morneau is also off to a slow start, hitting just .208 with zero homers and a .552 OPS in 14 games.

  1. shaggylocks - Apr 19, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Why is it the flu bug only ever seems to affect the big name sluggers?

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