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.

Morneau to skip All-Star Game; specialist recommends rest

Posted by: Phil Miller under Twins game coverage, Lions Updated: July 10, 2010 - 5:22 PM

DETROIT -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will skip Tuesday's All-Star Game, the team announced today, after Morneau was examined by Dr. Kenneth Podell, a head and concussion specialist who works with the Tigers, Red Wings and Lions.

Podell recommended that Morneau return home for rest. Morneau will be re-evaluated in Minnesota during the All-Star break.

Morneau, 29, who has a history of head injuries, suffered the concussion when he took a knee to the head on a take-out slide on Wednesday in Toronto. He said before Saturday's game against the Tigers that he wouldn't go to the All-Star Game if he couldn't return to play in this weekend's series.

A four-time All-Star selection, Morneau was voted in as a starter this year for the first time.

"Obviously, if I can’t play for my team, I’m not going to fly out there and run around for two days," he said.

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