SEATTLE – Twins players such as Trevor Plouffe tried to vote Justin Morneau into the All-Star Game, but the Rockies first baseman lost out to the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo in the Final Vote that concluded Thursday.
But that won’t keep Morneau out of Home Run Derby. Morneau, who played the first 11 years of this career with the Twins, and Oakland’s Josh Donaldson were named Thursday to fill out the 10-man competition Monday at Target Field.
“That’s a good thing for the event, Minnesota, the city,” Plouffe said. “I think he’s got a chance. He’s got a track record.”
Morneau, who won the event in 2008, joins defending champion Yoenis Cespedes as former Derby winners in this year’s field. Morneau is in the middle of a bounce-back season for the Rockies, batting .313 with 13 homers and 59 RBI.
“I’m happy for him,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I wished he would have made the [All-Star] team. It would have been cool, him standing on the line. Coming back for that home run contest, there will be a lot of people rooting for him. We all know what he means to Minnesota and what he did for this organization.”
Twins fans now have two rooting interests in the event, as second baseman Brian Dozier was named to the team Tuesday.
There wasn’t a lefthanded hitter in the Derby group until Morneau was added, so fans in right field won’t be left out now.
“He’s definitely going to hit some balls onto First Avenue,” Plouffe said.
Dozier said it should be an easy adjustment for Morneau since he knows what the competition is like and is so familiar with Target Field.
“Shoot,” Dozier said. “My job just got a little harder.”
Before then, though, Morneau will get to visit with his former teammates when the Twins visit Colorado for their final series before the break.
“Hopefully he does absolutely nothing this weekend and rests up for the derby,” Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony joked.
Danny Santana, on the 15-day disabled list because of a bone bruise on his left knee, has improved to the point where he has started to run, and the Twins expect the rookie to be ready for a minor league rehabilitation stint soon.
Santana will head to Fort Myers, Fla., in the next few days to continue his rehabilitation, then play with the Gulf Coast League rookie team and then Class A Fort Myers. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Sunday but will need more time than that. Antony wasn’t ready to say that Santana would be ready to join the club right after the All-Star break.
Mauer, not as much
Joe Mauer is eligible to come off the DL right after the All-Star break, but …
“I don’t see him being ready right after the break,” Antony said. “as of right now.”
Mauer is out because of a right oblique strain, and history shows that it can be a longer than 15-day recovery. It doesn’t help that Mauer was trying to battle through discomfort in the area and felt it give way while hitting a double on July 1.
“They are optimistic about his recovery, that things are going well,” Antony said. “They are still trying to work to get the soreness out, and until they do that, he can’t get back to doing the activities he needs to do. Right now there is no timetable.”
|Denver||21||3rd Qtr 5:00|
|Buffalo||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Carolina||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Dallas||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Jacksonville||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|San Diego||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|NY Jets||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|New Orleans||12/28/14 12:00 PM|
|Oakland||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Arizona||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|St. Louis||12/28/14 3:25 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/28/14 7:30 PM|
|Atlanta||94||4th Qtr 4:03|
|LA Clippers||111||4th Qtr 1:49|
|Sacramento||2||1st Qtr 9:34|
|Arizona||0||1st Prd :42|
|San Jose||0||2nd Prd|
|Calgary||0||1st Prd 15:29|
|Central Conn St||55|
|Lewis & Clark||49||FINAL|
|North Dakota St||61||FINAL|
|Mount St Marys||69|
|William & Mary||62||FINAL|
|East Tenn St||60||FINAL|
|Long Beach State||49||FINAL|
|SE Missouri St||51||FINAL|
|Jacksonville St||55||2nd Half 0:15|
|Milwaukee||38||2nd Half 9:35|
|Wisconsin||61||2nd Half 4:18|
|Coll of Charleston||38||2nd Half 4:44|
|North Dakota||45||2nd Half 3:33|
|Northern New Mexico||35||2nd Half 5:00|
|New Mexico St||63|
|UC Santa Barbara||69||2nd Half 3:00|
|Miami-Florida||47||2nd Half 11:23|
|Kent State||47||2nd Half 12:35|
|UC Davis||64||2nd Half 3:14|
|Lewis-Clark State||75||2nd Half 1:50|
|TX A&M-CC||24||1st Half 4:50|
|Cal State Fullerton||24|
|Marshall||26||1st Half 3:08|
|Boise State||6||1st Half 18:30|
|UC Riverside||10:00 PM|
|San Diego St|
|Loyola Marymount||10:00 PM|
|Nebraska||12/23/14 12:00 AM|
|Marshall||12/23/14 5:00 PM|
|Navy||12/23/14 8:30 PM|
|San Diego St|
|Central Mich||12/24/14 11:00 AM|
|Fresno State||12/24/14 7:00 PM|
|Illinois||12/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Rutgers||12/26/14 3:30 PM|
|NC State||12/26/14 7:00 PM|
|Cincinnati||12/27/14 12:00 PM|
|Duke||12/27/14 1:10 PM|
|(15) Arizona State|
|Miami-Florida||12/27/14 3:00 PM|
|Boston College||12/27/14 3:30 PM|
|(25) Nebraska||12/27/14 7:00 PM|
|Texas A&M||12/29/14 1:00 PM|
|Oklahoma||12/29/14 4:30 PM|
|Arkansas||12/29/14 8:00 PM|
|(21) West Virginia||54||FINAL|
|San Jose St||97|
|Fla Gulf Coast||74||FINAL|
|BYU||48||2nd Half 0:36|