Just when it appeared the dark clouds hanging over the Twins were about to part, the team lost Justin Morneau to a wrist injury.
This was supposed to be the week the Twins finally got healthy, and now Justin Morneau has landed on the disabled list, too.
Morneau has a strained left wrist, which will be immobilized in a cast for 10 days, General Manager Bill Smith said after Tuesday's game against the White Sox was postponed because of rain.
The Twins plan to announce a corresponding roster move Wednesday, after infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka (broken left fibula) and Glen Perkins (strained oblique) are re-evaluated at Target Field by team doctors.
So it's possible the Twins will activate Nishioka and Perkins from the DL, with Joe Mauer (bilateral leg weakness) possibly returning Friday, and others such as Denard Span (concussion), Jason Kubel (sprained left foot) and Jim Thome (strained quad) not far behind.
Still, without Morneau, the Twins will continue to play at less than full strength.
Smith said the doctors hope Morneau can quickly regain his range of motion in his wrist after the cast is removed.
"We're looking at this as a short-term event [for Morneau], but we will put him on the DL," Smith said.
Morneau is the 13th member of the 25-man Opening Day roster to land on the DL.
"Every team goes through injuries," Smith said. "We've had our share of them, and then some."
Morneau, 30, missed the final three months of the 2010 season because of a concussion, but this year he had been one of the few members of their A-lineup to avoid the DL. Unable to play since Thursday, Morneau had hand specialist Dr. Thomas Varecka review the results of his recent MRI exam Sunday, and Varecka recommended a cortisone shot.
On Tuesday, two days after having the shot, Morneau thought he felt good enough to take swings in the batting cage, but it didn't go well. He went to see Varecka, who recommended the new recovery plan.
"No matter what, I want to play," Morneau said. "If it comes to the point where I'm not doing myself any good, or the team any good, going out there with one hand. ... Pain's one thing, but being in pain and being -- I wouldn't say useless, but not very good -- I don't think I'm doing myself or the team any good."
Morneau, who is batting .225 with four homers and 21 RBI, also has been playing with a pinched nerve in his neck and weakness in his left shoulder. He can't remember a specific incident that caused the wrist soreness.
"I woke up during the last homestand [May 23-29] and felt it," he said. "It was a little sore before that."
During that homestand, manager Ron Gardenhire asked Morneau about going on the DL, but the first baseman was determined to keep playing, especially with so many teammates injured.
"I tried to DL him two weeks ago," Gardenhire said. "He's been trying to play through it, and here we go again. I definitely want to do the right thing with him; I've said that for a pretty good while now."
The good news is the Twins and White Sox won't make up Tuesday's game until Chicago returns to Target Field later in the season. The White Sox are scheduled to return Aug. 5-7 and Sept. 5-7.
That gives the Twins time to get healthier, at least in theory.
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