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Justin Morneau


Morneau needs one homer to become the first Twins player to hit 30 in a season since Kent Hrbek, Tom Brunansky and Gary Gaetti all did it in 1987. Morneau would also become just the fourth Canadian to hit 30 homers in a season, joining Larry Walker, Matt Stairs and Jason Bay.


Morneau hit a game-winning homer in the top of the 10th inning as Minnesota beat Houston 6-5 on Tuesday night. The first baseman has a career-high 11-game hitting streak and has been one of the main reasons the Twins have won eight straight games. He is batting .413 (19-for-46) with six homers and 19 RBIs during the hitting streak and has at least one RBI in his last four games.


Morneau hit two home runs and collected a career-high six RBIs Tuesday night in Minnesota's 15-5 romp over the Texas Rangers in Arlington.


An MRI on Morneau's sore left arm came back negative on Friday.


Morneau will receive a pain-killing injection for a painful left elbow that has plagued him down the stretch. If the pain doesn't go away, Minnesota team doctors would be convinced that the problem is related to a bone spur he has battled for the past several weeks. Offseason surgery would be a possibility.


Morneau has been playing with a painful left elbow, and the Twins' first baseman will undergo an MRI exam during a visit with team orthopedist Dr. John Steubs on Thursday or Friday. Reportedly a bone chip has been the source of Morneau's discomfort.


The Twins need to make a move to recall rookie righthander Scott Baker for a Saturday start in Detroit, and it may be Morneau who heads for Triple-A Rochester. The 24-year-old first baseman is 1-for-24 (.042) since the All-Star break and looks lost at the plate. An 11-for-64 slide (.172) since June 29 has dropped his average to .247 on the season. He has 11 home runs and 45 RBI in 79 games.


Hitless in his last 14 at-bats and stuck in a 3-for-25 slump heading into Monday's contest against Baltimore, Morneau was on the Minnesota bench for the first of three contests against the Orioles. The Twins' first baseman was given the night off, though he pinch-hit in the eighth and grounded into a double play to extend his hitless string to 15 at-bats.


Morneau's MRI exam over the weekend revealed a small bone spur in his left elbow. The Twins' first baseman has started only one game in June -- last Wednesday -- and the injury-riddled Twins could use his bat. He is expected to get a cortisone shot, and the club hopes he can be in the lineup when it opens an West Coast interleague series in Arizona on Tuesday.

Morneau's MRI exam over the weekend revealed a small bone spur in his left elbow. The Twins' first baseman has started only one game in June -- last Wednesday -- and the injury-riddled Twins could use his bat. He is expected to get a cortisone shot, and the club hopes he can be in the lineup when it opens a West Coast interleague series in Arizona on Tuesday.


Morneau has been scheduled to undergo an MRI on his strained left elbow after reporting no improvement. The Twins' first baseman tweaked the elbow while hitting balls off a tee before Thursday's game and has been limited to backup duty since. He had hoped to return to the starting lineup on Tuesday, but barring a miraculous recovery, that seems unlikely at this point.


Morneau was pulled from Minnesota's 4-3 win over Cleveland Thursday in the fifth inning with an elbow strain. The Twins' first baseman tweaked his left elbow while hitting balls off a tee before the game. He was replaced by Matthew LeCroy after going 0-for-2 against Indians starter Scott Elarton.


After homering in four straight games, Morneau didn't connect for a longball on Sunday in Minnesota's win over Tampa Bay. Yet, the Twins' first baseman went 4-for-4 and was just a homer shy of hitting for the cycle.

Morneau has been ripping it up since returning from a concussion on April 22. In 13 games since coming off the disabled list, he is 23-for-51 (.451) with four doubles, two triples, six home runs and 19 RBI. Ten of those ribbies have come in his last five games.


Morneau continues to hit well following his return from an April 6 beaning. Since his two-week layoff to recover from concussion symptoms, the Minnesota first baseman has gone 14-for-33 (.424) with three doubles, a triple, two home runs and nine RBI in eight games.


The April 6 beaning that put Morneau out of action for two weeks doesn't seem to have had any long-term repercussions. After going 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI in Minnesota's extra-inning win over Kansas City on Thursday afternoon, the Twins' first baseman is 9-for-21 (.429) with two doubles, a homer and seven RBI since his return to the lineup.

Morneau is now batting .394 for the season in eight games and 33 at-bats.


In his first action since being beaned on April 6, Morneau went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Twins' loss to the Detroit Tigers on Friday.


On Thursday, after missing 13 games with a concussion following a beaning, Morneau was activated from the disabled list by the Minnesota Twins. The Twins' first baseman should be in the lineup when Minnesota faces the Tigers in Detroit on Friday night. Morneau is 4-for-12 (.333) with an RBI in three games this season.


Morneau homered in four trips to the plate during an extended spring training game Tuesday. The Twins' first baseman expects to play in another game this week. If all goes well in that contest, he is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday for the start of Minnesota's series with Detroit.


On Tuesday, Morneau will face live pitching for the first time since he was beaned on April 6. The Twins' first baseman has taken batting practice without any problems with post-concussion symptoms, and he should get plenty of hitting in this week in extended spring training in Florida. If all goes well, the Twins expect Morneau to return to the lineup against Detroit on Friday, the first day he is eligible to come off the disabled list.


Morneau, who has been plagued by dizziness since he was struck on the head by a Ron Villone pitch on April 6, plans to begin a minor league rehab assignment early next week. The Twins' first baseman is currently on the 15-day disabled list, but reported no major problems after returning to the batting cage with the team on Thursday. He will be evaluated on a daily basis to monitor his progress.

Morneau is eligible to be activated as early as next Friday, and it appears he should be ready by that time. In three games this season, he is 4-for-12 with one RBI and two strikeouts.


The Twins received good news on Morneau on Monday. The Twins' first baseman, hit in the helmet with a pitch Wednesday in Seattle, was seen by a neurologist and passed a CT scan and MRI exam. Morneau has been plagued by dizziness and discomfort ever since being hit.

Exactly when Morneau will return to baseball activities hasn't been decided, but it's unlikely that he will go on the disabled list. He is listed as day-to-day.

Despite receiving encouraging news about Morneau's status on Monday, the Twins placed their first baseman on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday. Morneau has been plagued by dizziness since he was struck by a Ron Villone pitch on April 6. A CT scan and MRI exam performed on Monday suggest there is no serious damage to Morneau's brain, but he will be out as long as post-concussion symptoms persist.

Morneau's stay on the DL is retroactive to April 7. Before Wednesday's game against Detroit, the Twins will call up third baseman Terry Tiffee to take Morneau's spot on the Twins' roster.


Morneau continues to be bothered by headaches since getting hit in the head by a Ron Villone pitch last Wednesday against the Mariners. The Twins have opted to withhold the first baseman from baseball activities until at least Tuesday, at which time he will be re-evaluated.

Matt LeCroy has picked up the last two starts at first for Minnesota, and likely will continue to do so until Morneau returns.


Despite leaving the field under his own power after getting hit in the head with a pitch on Wednesday, Morneau was held out of the Twins lineup on Friday due to dizziness caused from the incident. Morneau said he felt a little light headed and dizzy prior to the start of the game, as skipper Ron Gardenhire kept him out of the lineup. Morneau will still be available to the team as an emergency pinch hitter.

Fastballs to the head are never good. We'll keep our fingers crossed that this one doesn't linger much longer.


Morneau stayed on the ground for about a minute, but was able to walk off the field under his own power shortly after taking an eighth-inning pitch from Ron Villone off his right temple in Wednesday's game against the Seattle Mariners. The Twins' first baseman was taken to a local hospital to undergo a precautionary CT scan, which was negative. According to manager Ron Gardenhire, Morneau has a bruise, but should not miss much time. He is listed as day-to-day.

The Twins are off on Thursday, which should give Morneau some time to recover from being pelted. If he is unable to play on Friday, Matthew LeCroy likely will get the starting nod at first base for Minnesota. Through three games, Morneau is 4-for-12 with one RBI. In 74 games with the Twins last season, he batted .271 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI.