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Justin Morneau got cortisone injection for shoulder and neck pain last week

May 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

Justin Morneau

I wrote recently that Justin Morneau has been totally healthy this season, but it turns out that’s not entirely true.

He’s been free of any post-concussion symptoms and has been in the lineup just about every day, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Morneau got a cortisone shot for a neck and shoulder injury last week.

Morneau’s season totals are still ugly, but since getting the injection on May 12 he’s 10-for-27 (.370) with a homer, three doubles, and a 1.026 OPS in seven games. Prior to that stretch he hit just .214 with one homer and a .591 OPS in 30 games.

Asked about the neck and shoulder problems, Morneau told Neal that he felt “good enough” following the shot.

  1. shanemcdowell - May 20, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Man, oh man, if Plouffe can continue to hold his own at #2 and the Twins can at least string together four decent hitters at the top of the lineup, anchored by a healthy and productive Morneau, watching games will be much more palatable. It’s not going to turn around the season, but might make them into something resembling a .500 team.

    In related news, I’ve realized that during the last couple of days, I’ve been way too excited when the #8 hitter comes up with 2 outs and manages to get on base, as I now view Casilla the same way I’d view a pitcher in the NL. If he’s going to make an out, at least make it the third out when nothing is going on and start with Span the next inning, rather then starting out the next inning in a one-out hole.

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