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Justin Morneau tests injured wrist with live batting practice

May 15, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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On the disabled list since May 1 after aggravating his surgically repaired left wrist, Justin Morneau felt good enough to take 30-40 swings in batting practice yesterday.

Afterward the former MVP told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com that his wrist is still sore, but added that no new problems emerged from the BP session and he’s planning to simply play through the pain at some point if it doesn’t improve.

Playing through the pain hasn’t worked particularly well for Morneau so far, as he’s missed most of the past two-and-a-half seasons following a concussion in mid-2010 and five unrelated surgeries while hitting just .228 when in the lineup.

Morneau is aiming to be ready once he’s eligible to come off the disabled list tomorrow, which is rough timing considering the Twins’ upcoming interleague series in Milwaukee won’t allow him to get partial rest as a designated hitter. He played 20 games before landing on the DL, but only four came as a first baseman.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Dear Justin,

    We are currently 15 games under .500, our season is probably over and it is the middle of May, and our future looks bleak.
    I would stay on the DL until completely healed. Why rush back?

    Yours Truly,
    Twins Management

    • pmcenroe - May 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM

      I dunno, I’d have to disagree, I’m not one to say he needs to play hurt but if the Twins have any hope at all of trading him he needs play. Besides as a Twins fan, its just more fun watching games when he’s in the lineup, and if he is going to get traded or leave via FA after next season I want see him play more in a Twins uniform, but that’s just me being selfish…

    • saltmanz - May 15, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Bizarro Twins Management, maybe.

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