Sore Morneau keeps playing


Justin Morneau hit an RBI double in the sixth inning Wednesday, helping the Twins edge the Indians 3-2 in 10 innings.

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CLEVELAND - Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will have his sore left wrist checked out when he arrives at Target Field on Thursday.

He's been trying to ignore the pain, playing with it tightly wrapped. He said the wrist swells up "whenever I use it." He said he hurt his wrist sometime during the last homestand.

When asked how his neck and shoulder were doing, he said, "It is what it is,'' but he gets daily treatment for soreness in that area.

Morneau hopes his wrist can be treated with a cortisone shot. If so, he wants to take the shot after Sunday's game, enjoy Monday's off day then play Tuesday against the White Sox at Target Field.

"That's the whole point," he said, "so we don't miss any games."

The Twins have used the disabled list 13 times this season, a group Morneau doesn't want to join. It's hard to believe he's coming off a concussion that forced him out of the lineup for the second half of last season.

He's gone from being extra careful with his offseason concussion recovery to fighting to stay in the lineup. He took two days off last weekend to rest his wrist and a pinched nerve in his neck that affects his left shoulder.

Morneau was the DH on Wednesday, with Luke Hughes playing first base.

When Twins manager Ron Gardenhire informed Morneau of his plans before the game, Morneau was getting his muscles loose in the whirlpool.

"I said, 'You're DH-ing,' and I left before he even answered," Gardenhire said. "He looked like Dean Martin in an old Western movie."

Morneau's willingness to fight though his ailments have impressed the manager. Morneau's RBI double in the sixth inning Wednesday broke an 0-for-16 skid.

"He's been run through the mill and he's really, really, really playing beat up," Gardenhire said, "but he also realizes the situation we're in, that he needs to be out there for this team.

"I check with him pretty much every day on how he's doing. He gives you the same answer: 'It is what it is.'"

Cuddyer under review

A MLB spokesperson confirmed that the league is reviewing Michael Cuddyer's actions at the end of Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Cleveland.

Cuddyer disputed the called strike made by home plate umpire Adrian Johnson that ended the game. Cuddyer approached Johnson and might have made contact.

Cuddyer said before Wednesday's game that he hadn't heard from the league about explaining his side of the story. Cuddyer has said he disagreed with the call but didn't remember coming in contact with Johnson.

Gardenhire was asked if he was worried if Cuddyer was in trouble.

"All I know is that he started arguing and I ran out there and got in the middle of it," Gardenhire said.


• Lefthander Phil Dumatrait earned his first career save in 36 major league games as a reliever. Coming into the season, he had one save in the minors but earned four with Class AAA Rochester this year before being called up.

• Matt Capps' five blown saves tie him with Kansas City's Joakim Soria for most in the American League.

• The Twins-Yankees game that was rained out April 6 has been rescheduled for noon Sept. 19. The Twins will play the game on what originally was an off day in the middle of a six-game homestand.


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