La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Morneau swings lead Twins to 'readjust the situation'

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under On the road Updated: May 5, 2012 - 8:15 PM

Justin Morneau tried to take some swings in the cage this afternoon, but said his sore wrist has not improved at all. So the Twins will place him on the 15-day disabled list and replace him with someone from the minors.

The Twins don't have enough time to get someone out to Seattle, so they will officially make the move in time to start their three-game home series against the Angels at Target Field.

"He went down to the cage today, took about 16, 17 swings,'' Twins assistant General Manager Rob Antony day. "Said it felt about the same as it did about five days ago. So we're going to have to readjust the situation. We're not going to do anything today. We wouldn't be able to get anyone in here today anyway. We're probably going to have to do something before we get back home."

Morneau said he expects to be checked out by Twins specialist Dr. Tom Varecka when the team returns from its West Coast road trip. The Twins will backdate the move to Monday, when he left a game against the Angels.

"Give it a little more time and hopefully let it calm down to where I can swing normally and be productive," Morneau said.

This is something Morneau doesn't want to bother him all season. There has been no talk of him needing a pain-killing injection because he's dealing with tendonitis.

Check back later for more details.

UPDATES

Mauer in the bullpen

Joe Mauer hasn't caught in a game since taking a foul tip off the inside of his left knee on Sunday at Target Field. He ran the bases on Friday as if the knee still bothered him some.
But Mauer slipped on the tools of ignorance on Saturday and caught in the bullpen before the game.
"He said he's fine," Ullger said. "And, hopefully, Joe will be behind the plate [Sunday]. We'll see where he is when he comes in."
With Justin Morneau headed to the disabled list because of a sore left wrist, it's important for the Twins to keep Mauer's bat in the lineup, whether it's at catcher, first base or as the designated hitter. He had the game-winning hit on Friday in a 3-2 win over the Mariners.

Diamond coming up?

No word yet on if the Twins plan to call up lefthander Scott Diamond to join the rotation. Diamond was pulled on Friday after throwing 47 pitches over three innings for Class AAA Rochester. It could be a signal that they want him to start on Tuesday against the Angels.
Righthander Liam Hendriks is listed as the starter for that game, but he has struggled in recent outings and was criticized by manager Ron Gardenhire on Wednesday after putting the Twins in a hole while they were no-hit by Jered Weaver. By throwing 47 pitches, Diamond could come back on three days rest to start on Tuesday.

Etc.

Not good news for Class AA righthander Alex Wimmers, the Twins' first-round pick in 2010. Assistant General Manager Ron Antony, who's with the Twins on the road trip, revealed that Wimmers has a small tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. Wimmers doesn't needs surgery but is out indefinitely as he will rest then go through rehabilitation.

Infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, on the disabled list at Rochester with a high right ankle sprain, could return to action in a few days.


Twins (7-18)

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

Jason Marquis, RHP

Mariners (11-17)

1. Dustin Ackley, 2B
2. Brendan Ryan, SS
3. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
4. Jesus Montero, C
5. Kyle Seager, 3B
6. John Jaso, DH
7. Justin Smoak, 1B
8. Mike Carp, LF
9. Michael Saunders, CF

Felix Hernandez, RHP

 

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