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Justin Morneau sidelined with mild concussion symptoms

Aug 30, 2011, 6:07 PM EDT

Justin Morneau AP

Nearly 14 months after taking a knee to the head while trying to break up a double play against the Blue Jays, Justin Morneau continues to suffer the aftereffects of a concussion.  He’s out of Minnesota’s lineup tonight with what the team is calling “mild concussion symptoms.”

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen reports that Morneau started developing a headache Monday and that the Twins have had him take baseline tests.

With the Twins 56-78 and 17 games back in the AL Central, there certainly won’t be any fooling around with Morneau’s condition.  It’s been a pretty miserable year for him anyway: he was limited by neck and wrist injuries early on and he surgery at the end of June to remove a fragment of a herniated disk from his wrist.  The new concussion symptoms might be related to an incident Sunday when he drove after a ball and jammed his shoulder.

So, barring a very quick recovery, the Twins might be best off just shutting Morneau down for the year.  It’s been a lost campaign for him anyway.  He’s hit .227/.285/.333 with four homers and 30 RBI in 264 at-bats.

  1. SmackSaw - Aug 30, 2011 at 7:22 PM


    • JBerardi - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:29 PM


  2. bigtrav425 - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    well thats that..wont be keeping him in my keeper league!

  3. kchoya - Aug 30, 2011 at 8:59 PM

    No wonder the guy is messed up – he has a herniated disc in his wrist.

  4. jollyjoker2 - Aug 30, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Justin needs to take the year off, come back a week and then take another year off. Its a good gig if you can get it.

  5. Tribe&Browns&Cavs - Aug 31, 2011 at 6:29 AM

    14 months later and he’s still having symptoms, yet NFL players want to go back in the next series. Either Morneau is an extreme case or something is wrong somewhere.

    • bronco6710 - Aug 31, 2011 at 8:47 AM

      There is something wrong somewhere – in the NFL. Post-concussion syndrome can be a very serious injury. Another former Twin, Corey Koskie, basically had his career ended by it. Sidney Crosby, one of the best players in the NHL, didn’t play after the beginning of January due to concussion after-effects. We can’t really know what Morneau’s dealing with, but it’s entirely possible that his symptoms will continue to affect him for a year or more, in which case it is absolutely not safe for him to return to play.

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