Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins shut down Morneau; team gets cash to complete Thome trade

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage Updated: September 18, 2011 - 12:04 PM

Justin Morneau will not return this season, the Twins announced today. Besides concussion symptoms, he's currently sick with the flu, and they've decided to do surgery to remove a cyst from his left knee, something he played with all year.

"It gets down to the point now, let’s just get this [knee surgery] done," Manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He’s not going to play."

Morneau is still a big part of the team's plans for next year, although Manager Ron Gardenhire acknowledged time will tell before the team knows what role he'll play -- first base or DH. The main thing now is just letting him get healthy.

Thome trade completed

The Indians sent the Twins $20,000, in lieu of a player, to complete the Aug. 25 trade for Jim Thome.

The cash amount was part of the original agreement. Teams agree to swap a player to be named or a specific cash amount if they can't agree on the player.

"We exchanged some names both ways, and in the end, we both felt this was the proper way to go," said Twins General Manager Bill Smith.

From the beginning, the Twins were trying to find the right spot for Thome, who had a full no-trade clause and could control where he went. It's tough to get much in return for a 41-year-old part-time DH.

Remember, the Twins acquired Carl Pavano from Cleveland for minor-league pitcher Yohan Pino in 2009.

"This was certainly the right thing to do for Jim Thome and the right thing to do for the Twins," Smith said. "He was a great contributor here for the better part of two years."

Other updates

The Twins will try to snap a seven-game losing streak, when Carl Pavano takes the mound against Cleveland. The Indians will counter with righthander Justin Masterson.

* Danny Valencia (flu symptoms) has been scratched from the lineup, with Luke Hughes playing third base.

* Rene Tosoni also is sick, though the team hopes he'll be able to come to the ballpark and travel with the team to New York for Monday's make-up game.

* Scott Baker (strained flexor muscle) will be available to pitch out of the bullpen, starting Tuesday.

* Alexi Casilla will test his strained hamstring on Tuesday.

* Denard Span (migraine symptoms) will go through more workouts, beginning Tuesday, with an eye toward playing again soon.

INDIANS (74-75)

1. Kosuke Fukodome, RF
2. Jason Kipnis, 2B
3. Carlos Santana, 1B
4. Jim Thome, DH
5. Shelley Duncan, LF
6. Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B
7. Jason Donald, SS
8. Ezequiel Carrera, CF
9. Lou Marson, C

Starting pitcher: RH Justin Masterson (11-10, 3.20 ERA)

TWINS (59-91)

1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Trevor Plouffe, SS
3. Michael Cuddyer, DH
4. Chris Parmelee, 1B
5. Luke Hughes, 3B
6. Brian Dinkelman, 2B
7. Joe Benson, LF
8. Jason Repko, RF
9. Drew Butera, C

Starting pitcher: RH Carl Pavano (8-12, 4.50 ERA)

Target Field. First pitch: 1:10 p.m. TV: FSN. Twins Radio Network

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