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Justin Morneau leaves game with wrist injury, flies back to Minnesota to see doctor

May 1, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

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As if falling to 6-16 with a loss to the Angels wasn’t bad enough for the Twins tonight, Justin Morneau exited the game with soreness in his surgically repaired left wrist.

Even worse, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Morneau is flying back to Minnesota to be examined by a team doctor, which isn’t a good sign considering the Twins are just beginning a six-game West Coast road trip that goes through Sunday.

Morneau has played 20 of 22 games after entering the season as a huge question mark following his concussion-related health problems and multiple surgeries. His production has been very inconsistent, including a .239 batting average and .313 on-base percentage, but he has shown good power with four homers and five doubles in 74 at-bats.

And now the Twins will wait to see if the former MVP has a third straight season ruined by injuries.

  1. uyf1950 - May 1, 2012 at 4:48 AM

    God this kid is a hard luck story. Even as a Yankees fan I have to wish him the best he’s been through and seems to be continuing to go through a lot.

  2. randygnyc - May 1, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Good God. He IS made of glass.

  3. mybrunoblog - May 1, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    The M and M boys of MInnesota have no luck. Few years ago Mauer and Morneau were the two brightest young stars in MLB.
    They seem like two real good guys. I hope they can recover what they once had.

  4. randygnyc - May 1, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Mauer is a nice guy, morneau, not so much. Very little interaction with the fans, always avoiding it if it’s not a photo op.

    I think Justin’s days are numbered in Minnesota. I think that’s a good thing. Mauer, the franchise, will have the opportunity to move to 1st, where he’ll have to play if he wants to play at a high level for many years.

    • ThatGuy - May 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      Not sure what Morneau you’ve seen, but i’ve seen him in public multiple times and he always signs autographs and talks to the fans. He is a big hockey fan, and i’ve seen him multiple times and briefly talked to him twice at Wild games in Minnesota and every time he was sitting with the general population(not a Suite or club level) and was taking the time to sign autographs and what not.

  5. JB (the original) - May 1, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    The off-season surgery consisted of (among other things) reattaching the tendon to the bone on the non-thumb side of his wrist. Doesn’t surprise me (not that I’m not saddened by it) that it is troubling him considering the amount of stress placed upon that connection with every swing of the bat.

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