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Justin Morneau to undergo neck surgery, expected to miss six weeks

Jun 24, 2011, 5:25 PM EDT

Justin Morneau AP

Justin Morneau just can’t catch a break.

After sitting out nine months following a concussion last July he returned to the Twins’ lineup to hit just .225 with four homers and a .619 OPS in 55 games before being placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury last week.

And now Jim Souhan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Morneau “will undergo surgery to alleviate neck pain” and is expected to miss “about six weeks.”

Morneau complained about neck pain as far back as the middle of spring training and revealed a few weeks ago that he was playing through a pinched nerve, but Twins trainer Rick McWane told Souhan that the injury is not related to last year’s concussion

Minnesota’s season has been wrecked by injuries to nearly every key contributor and now Morneau joins Joe Mauer, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, and Jason Kubel in missing significantly more time than initially expected.  And in this case the official reason for Morneau being placed on the DL wasn’t even his neck. What a mess.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 24, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    It’s about time they tabled Morneau and just got this surgery over with. He’s been unproductive anyway so I would consider this good news. Perhaps they can get some good baseball out of him this season after all…better late than never.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    Man the guy just cant catch a break.

    • kopy - Jun 24, 2011 at 6:54 PM

      No kidding. My facial expression and angle of head tilt are identical to Morneau’s in this picture when I read this.

  3. purdueman - Jun 25, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    Actually this isn’t at all true. The Twins are simply providing a cover up story so that Morneau can avoid the embarrassment of having it known that he’s undergoing a penile implant as part of his treatment for ED!

    • cleonslamminsalmon - Jun 25, 2011 at 12:13 PM

      purdueman-Let’s not confuse your personal life with what’s really going on.

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