Aug 12, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT
Justin Morneau is back in the Twins’ lineup, coming off the disabled list slightly ahead of schedule following neck surgery six weeks ago.
Morneau sped up his return timetable by going 11-for-30 (.367) with a homer and four doubles in seven games at Triple-A, reportedly texting various Twins decision-makers to tell them he wanted back in the lineup before next week.
Morneau hasn’t played since June 9 and hasn’t played well since suffering a concussion 13 months ago, as the former MVP missed the second half of last season and then hit just .225 with four homers and a .619 OPS in 55 games this year.
With his return the Twins are basically fully healthy for the first time since early April, but unfortunately all the injuries combined with some sub par performances from key players leaves Minnesota with very slim playoff hopes even in a terrible division. Morneau showing he’s healthy and putting up some big numbers down the stretch would be a nice consolation prize, though.
- Bochy’s championship resume ranks among game’s best 0
- Video: Pablo Sandoval catches final out in foul territory, Giants win 2014 World Series 9
- Madison Bumgarner pitches the Giants to their third World Series win in five seasons 78
- Madison Bumgarner named World Series MVP … obviously 19
- Pablo Sandoval sets new postseason hits record 8
- There’s nothing better than a Game 7? Well, maybe there is. 23
- Report: Cubs hire Joe Maddon as manager 61
- World Series, Game 7: Giants vs. Royals lineups 3
- A veteran says enough is enough when it comes to tributes for the soldiers (277)
- Jose Canseco shot his middle finger off (146)
- Shocker! Joe Maddon to opt out of his contract and leave the Rays (142)
- Oscar Taveras dies after car accident in the Dominican Republic (140)
- 10-0! The Royals romp, tie it up at three games a piece (109)