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Justin Morneau cleared for baseball activities, but not hitting

Jul 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Justin Morneau has been cleared to resume “baseball activities” three weeks after undergoing surgery to address a pinched nerve in his neck, which according to trainer Rick McWane means “he’s ready to take ground balls, play catch, and run around.”

Swinging the bat will come later, however, so even setting aside the Twins’ inability to get any injured players back within their initial return timetables this season Morneau is unlikely to be ready before mid-August.

Minnesota has used Michael Cuddyer as the primary Morneau replacement, shifting him from right field to first base, but Joe Mauer and Luke Hughes have also gotten starts at first base recently while Trevor Plouffe has become a semi-regular in right field.

Between back surgery in 2009, a concussion in 2010, and neck surgery this season Morneau has played just 271 of the Twins’ last 486 games.

  1. klbader - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    It seems like every time a Twins player is injured, the Twins medical staff is unable to get them back on the field within their announced timetable for return. So I am wondering now, is the staff terrible at estimating recovery times or just terrible at getting the players back on the field? I don’t know if other teams have the same problem, but I wonder if maybe the Twins have some off the field staffing issues affecting the product on the field.

    • mplsboywonder - Jul 25, 2011 at 3:12 AM

      June 24th – before Justin Morneau had his surgery Jim Souhan tweeted ” Morneau will undergo surgery to alleviate neck pain, will be out about 6 weeks from next week’s surgery.”

      That is pretty clear cut that he wouldn’t be back until AT LEAST the second week of August.

      Now let’s us all realize that you have absolutely no idea what your talking about, and that you are just blindly rambling about a situation that you obviously have no clue about.

      Field staffing issues? Really. WTF are you talking about? Seems very cut and dry a week before the surgery that a definite timetable had already been set.

  2. mrfloydpink - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    “Baseball activities, but not hitting.” Sounds like of like a Mariners game.

    • mrfloydpink - Jul 19, 2011 at 11:54 AM

      Er, “kind of like”

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