St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau hits a double against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Minnesota Twins 4-1. Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
The Twins first baseman is headed to the DL again. This time, it's not for anything related to concussions.
The bad news is that Morneau is once again headed to the disabled list. The good -- well, sort of good because being on the DL is never actually "good" -- news is that it's not concussion-related; instead it's for a sore left wrist:
Outside the visiting clubhouse at Safeco Field, a frustrated Morneau said he took around 17 swings and felt the same pain in his wrist as he did five days ago. The team announced it will place him on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
"It's better to get it right now rather than have it drag on through the summer and not be as effective or productive as I can be," said Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP. "Get it right now and be able to play the rest of the year healthy instead of battling through something and not being effective at all."
The move is retroactive to May 1, and Morneau will see team doctors when the Twins return to Minnesota to start a nine-game homestand.
Morneau is hitting .230/.313/.459 with four home runs in 83 plate appearances and a 114 OPS+. That isn't great, but it's an improvement over his performance in 2011.
The Twins are expected to call up infielder Brian Dozier to replace Morneau on the 25-man roster.