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Twins expecting to get Justin Morneau back on Friday

Aug 10, 2011, 9:13 PM EST

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Good news, Twins fans.

According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, first baseman Justin Morneau is scheduled to return from the disabled list Friday in Cleveland.

Morneau has been sidelined since undergoing surgery on his neck in late June. The 30-year-old native of Canada is batting just .225 this season with a .619 OPS, four home runs and 21 RBI in 231 plate appearances, but he’s been hitting the ball well on his minor league rehab assignment and is certainly capable of catching fire down the stretch.

The Twins are currently 10 1/2 games back of the Tigers in the American League Central standings. Morneau is owed $14 million in 2012 and another $14 million in 2013. He’ll be a free agent after that.

  1. The Baseball Gods - Aug 10, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    I know this has nothing to do with this post, but I feel the need to state my case anyway. So Drew, I see you never post about Pence or Beltran anymore. Is that because you don’t want to get ribbed about claiming that Beltran would be much more beneficial to a team than Pence down the stretch? Looks like you are eating crow on that one. You can have Beltran any day of the week, and I’ll take Pence. Good luck.

  2. yournuts - Aug 11, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    Welcome back Justin Morneau! I know the Twins really missed you. I hope you can help their team gets back on track as soon as possible. I am a Yankee fan but have missed seeing you play. Good Luck.

    • trevorb06 - Aug 11, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      Unfortunately we’re too far back now to have a chance even in our weak division. :-(

      • yournuts - Aug 11, 2011 at 12:58 PM

        I don’t know, there are 6 weeks of baseball left if the Twins catch fire, they play most of the divisional rivals. If they can gain 1 or 2 games a week they can make some noise at the end. I would never count the Twins out. NEVER. This is one class organization that will find a way to have a good August and September.

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