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Justin Morneau rejoining Twins after flying home to have wrist injury checked

May 2, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

Chris Iannetta, Justin Morneau AP

Justin Morneau gave Twins fans a scare when the oft-injured former MVP exited Monday’s game with soreness in his surgically repaired left wrist and immediately flew from California to Minnesota to be examined by team doctors.

Now he’s on the way back to the West Coast after an MRI exam showed no structural damage, but Morneau revealed that the wrist was bothering him before Monday and the Twins have said that Friday is the best-case scenario for being back in the lineup.

Thursday is a scheduled off day, so that absence isn’t quite as long as it sounds, but giving him 15 days to heal up on the disabled list would seemingly be worthwhile. Instead the Twins will keep Morneau on the active roster, which is something they’ve done too often with injured players in recent years and becomes particularly problematic when combined with a 13-man pitching staff and Drew Butera’s historically inept bat.

Last night’s bench was literally only Butera and Trevor Plouffe.

  1. illogic87 - May 2, 2012 at 2:04 PM

    As a Twins fan, I just want this season to be over already…

    • katiestars - May 2, 2012 at 4:21 PM

      I can’t decide if, as a Twins fan, I want to give this a thumbs up or a thumbs down… so I am doing both. I hate this season.

    • spudatx - May 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      If it weren’t for Willingham’s bat, Willingham having a baby, “that one play by Jamey Carroll”, and The Big Hrb-owski commercial, I’m not sure there would be any highlights yet this year.

      Here’s hoping we don’t get that 100-loss season, friends.

  2. nicosamuelson2 - May 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Hey… At least tickets to Target Field are gonna be cheap this summer!

    • spudatx - May 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      If only the medication… er, beer required to watch them play scaled with their W/L record too, we’d be all set!

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