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UPDATE: Justin Morneau placed on disabled list with wrist injury

Jun 14, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis reports that Justin Morneau has been placed on the disabled list. Twins general manager Bill Smith classified it as “a short-term thing,” but Morneau’s left wrist will be immobilized for the next 10 days.

The Twins will not announce a corresponding roster move until tomorrow, but early speculation is that Tsuyoshi Nishioka could replace him on the active roster.

6:40 PM: Justin Morneau’s wrist hasn’t responded to a cortisone shot as hoped, and he’s likely to wind up on the disabled list, the Star Tribune’s Jim Souhan reported after talking to him in the clubhouse Tuesday.

Morneau took about 20 swings in the cage today, but obviously, he continued to battle some soreness.  He also saw a hand specialist today, though the outcome of the examination isn’t yet known.

The only bit of good news for the Twins here is that Joe Mauer is due back this week to help replace Morneau in the lineup.  Still, they really need both healthy and hitting if they’re going to climb back into contention in the AL Central.

With Morneau out, Michael Cuddyer figures to serve as the full-time first baseman.  The Twins will remain short-handed in the outfield with both Jason Kubel (foot) and Denard Span (concussion) sidelined.

  1. itsacurse - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    STILL with this guy?

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 14, 2011 at 7:44 PM

    He has never been the same since his concussion last year. Even when he was supposedly “healthy” he didnt seem like the old Morneau.

  3. trevorb06 - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Why don’t we start calling this team what it is? The Minnesota RedBirds!

    • trevorb06 - Jun 15, 2011 at 9:52 AM

      Er correction Red Wings! haha

  4. schrutebeetfarms - Jun 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    I’m not saying but I’m just saying:
    Twins cut their deficit to single digits before last night’s rainout.
    Coming off the DL shortly in no particular order: Baby Jesus at catcher, Kubel, Nishioka, Perkins, Nathan, & Thome. Hopefully, Span also returns shortly. 10 games is a lot still but it’s hard to believe with all their injuries and pitching meltdowns it’s only 10 games.

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