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Morneau avoids DL; MRI shows fluid, inflammation

  • Blog Post by: Phil Miller
  • May 1, 2012 - 6:55 PM

ANAHEIM, CALIF. -- Justin Morneau's MRI exam showed fluid and inflammation in his surgically repaired left wrist, but no structural damage. Doctors don't expect him to have to go on the disabled list. He's expected to rejoin the team on Wednesday, though he won't play until Friday at the earliest.

The Twins designated Sean Burroughs for assignment to make room on the roster for Drew Butera. Manager Ron Gardenhire said the team wasn't ready to trim from 13 to 12 pitchers.

Gardenhire moved Alexi Casilla to the No. 2 spot in the batting order, dropping Jamey Carroll to No. 9. Gardenhire said Carroll has done a good job getting on base, but Casilla is hot right now.

Tonight's game

The attention now focuses to Francisco Liriano, who is making his first start since April 22. The Angels counter with Jerome Williams, who will be making his first start against the Twins since he was a 22-year-old rookie for the Giants in 2003. Williams is 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA in his most recent two starts, against the Orioles and Rays.

TWINS (6-16)

1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Danny Valencia, 3B
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Chris Parmelee, 1B
8. Clete Thomas, RF
9. Jamey Carroll, SS

Starting pitcher: LH Francisco Liriano (0-3, 11.02 ERA)

ANGELS (8-15)

1. Mike Trout, CF
2. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Mike Trumbo, DH
6. Howie Kendrick, 2B
7. Vernon Wells, LF
8. Manny Aybar, SS
9. Chris Ianetta, C

Starting pitcher: RH Jerome Williams (1-1, 5.51 ERA)

Angel Stadium. First pitch: 9:05 p.m. (Central). TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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