Tag:Justin Morneau
Posted on: September 20, 2010 9:46 am

Twins' health an issue for postseason

Joe Mauer The Twins may have the American League Central wrapped up, but will they have enough to get past the first round?

The Twins are limping into the playoffs and that now includes their most important player, Joe Mauer.

Mauer left Sunday's game when he felt something in his left knee while running to first base in the sixth inning. It's the same knee he had surgery on in 2004.

The team has called it a "jammed knee."

"[The doctor] said to give it a couple days," Mauer told the Star Tribune 's La Velle E. Neal III . "That's what we are doing."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wasn't too concerned.

"Doctors checked him out and said it's one of these day-to-day things," Gardenhire said. "Not a big deal, at least that's what they're telling me today. There's no fluid in there, just maybe a little inflammation. So we'll see how we go day to day with him."

The Twins have been without former MVP Justin Morneau due to a concussion suffered on July 7. The Twins still don't know when he'll return, general manager Bill Smith told CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller .

The team is also dealing with Denard Span's right shoulder and Jason Kubel's left wrist -- both players have been playing with those injuries, but they may have to determine whether home-field advantage is worth the health of players they'll need to use that advantage.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:19 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2010 6:59 pm

Twins unsure if or when Morneau will return

Justin Morneau Despite being out for over two months, the Twins aren't ready to give up on Justin Morneau returning to the team in time for the postseason.

The problem is, even if Morneau can return, he might not return to his impressive .345/.437/.618 line that had him in the driver's seat for the MVP after 81 games. The 2006 MVP had 18 homers and 56 RBI as well and was on his way to another monster season until suffering a concussion.

"You sit out for two months and all of a sudden you come back and start facing major league pitching right away -- it's not always easy to do," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune , using Manny Ramirez's comments to apply to Morneau.

Ramirez, who had not delivered an extra-base hit or RBI for the White Sox until his second at-bat Friday (a home run), was talking about the difficulty of producing at the plate after missing two months to injury.

"There's some work ahead for Manny, and if Mornie were to decide he's ready to come out here and do some things, there's a lot of work to be done out here," Gardenhire added.

Morneau was at Target Field on Friday and reported feeling very good, so Gardenhire isn't ready to write off the first baseman's season, while also admitting the team doesn't have much experience in treating concussions or in prolonged absences of a player that returns just in time for the postseason.

"I honestly have no idea where we're at. We haven't had to deal with something like this," Gardenhire relayed. "[Michael] Cuddyer  was as close as we got [in 2008]. Cuddy came back and played Game 163 [the one-game playoff game against the Tigers], when he had the broken foot two years ago. I have no idea. If it happens, we'll figure out something we can do, and if it works out, great."

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 8, 2010 7:18 pm

Morneau hopes to play this season

Justin Morneau Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is still optimistic he can play in 2010 he told reporters, including the Star Tribune 's Joe Christensen . Morneau hasn't played since suffering a concussion on July 7.

"It's been a pretty good week," Morneau told reporters at a press conference to discuss his nomination for the Roberto Clemente award. "I've been running, and it's coming along slowly. That's why I'm still optimistic that we'll be back before the year is over."

Morneau is still not hitting, he said.

The Twins lead the White Sox by 4 1/2 games going into Wednesday's game with the Royals. Although he may not be needed to win the division, the Twins would certainly like to go into the postseason with the former MVP at their disposal.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 8, 2010 4:28 pm
Edited on: September 8, 2010 6:06 pm

Posada sits with concussion symptoms

Jorge Posada
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Orioles, reporting symptoms consistent with a concussion after being shaken up by a foul tip on Tuesday. Manager Joe Girardi told reporters after the game that Posada saw a neurologist.

It's been a rough year in baseball for concussions, which have no set timeline for recovery. The Twins are likely to be without Justin Morneau and the Mets without Jason Bay for the season after lingering symptoms. Hopefully for Yankees fans this won't turn into a major issue.

UPDATE: The Yankees sent an email to reporters updating his status: "Tests performed this afternoon by a neurology specialist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital were negative. Physicians have cleared Posada for competitive play and he is listed as day-to-day." Sounds like good news.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 12:27 am

Pettitte takes another step

Andy Pettitte
It's too late for teams to add players for the stretch run -- except for adding the ones they had to begin with, that is.

The Twins are trying to fend off the White Sox in the American League Central without concussed star Justin Morneau, whose recovery is uncertain. Think they wouldn't like to add a guy with a 1.055 OPS to their lineup for September and beyond?

The Yankees were unlucky to lose Andy Pettitte, but they're lucky that the left-hander, who had an 11-2 record and 2.88 ERA when he was lost with a groin injury, will come charging over the hill like the cavalry for the final weeks of their battle against the Rays in the AL East.

Pettitte had an encouraging 55-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, a big step toward his return. Pettitte threw at full intensity and said he felt no discomfort at all. He said it was the first time he was able to focus completely on pitching mechanics rather than worrying about his legs.

The Yankees are being careful with Pettitte given the setbacks he's had in trying to come back. His next step could be a simulated game.

"I know they want me to face some hitters," he said. "I would imagine, if everything's good, that would probably be the next step," Pettitte said. "When you get a hitter in there, it's a little bit different. You know what you're trying to do."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: September 1, 2010 1:48 am

Injuries loom over Twins victory

Jason Kubel
The Twins got an important, come-from-behind victory over Detroit on Tuesday night, but injury concerns kept them from celebrating it too much.

Outfielder Jason Kubel was hit on the left wrist with a fastball in the seventh. X-rays didn't show anything broken, but it sounds like it's something that will cost him at least a few days.

Brian Fuentes, the reliever acquired from the Angels just three days earlier, was unable to enter the game after his lower back froze up while he was warming in the bullpen. He's had trouble with the back in the past, but doesn't think this tweak is going to be a long-term setback.

Second baseman Orlando Hudson has been struggling with a foot injury for a few days, and manager Ron Gardenhire sent him for another examination after watching him hobble around during Tuesday's game. Hudson made an error that allowed an unearned run.

"I think we all saw that he wasn’t moving very well," Gardenhire said. "He says he’s fine, but that’s not fine. That’s not good enough for me."

The Twins are already playing without All-Star Justin Morneau, who is out indefinitely with a concussion, and have starter Kevin Slowey and infielder Nick Punto on the disabled list as well.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 20, 2010 5:41 pm
Edited on: August 20, 2010 10:52 pm

Bay not expected back this year

Jason Bay
Mets manager Jerry Manuel told reporters this afternoon that he does not expect outfielder Jason Bay, out since July 23 with a concussion, to return this season.

Bay, who sustained the injury when he hit the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium, began running on Sunday but has not resumed baseball activities.

Teams are extremely cautious when it comes to concussions, which have no predictable timetable for recovery. The Cardinals on Thursday announced that catcher Jason LaRue, who sustained a concussion in a fight last week, would not return this season. Twins star first baseman Justin Morneau has been out since July 7 with a concussion, and while he started taking batting practice this week, there's no word on when or if he will return this season.

UPDATE: Apparently Manuel changed his mind during Friday's game, because afterward he told reporters Bay is showing progress and he wouldn't rule out a return this season. To sum up the day: Jerry Manuel is not a doctor.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 13, 2010 8:34 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 8:46 pm

Cardinals' LaRue to DL with post-fight concussion

Jason LaRue
Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue, who was kicked in the head by Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto during a fight between the teams on Tuesday night, is going on the disabled list as symptoms of a concussion linger. The Cardinals made the announcement during their game Friday night.

Outfielder Nick Stavinoha was called up from Triple-A Memphis. The Cardinals had already called up a third catcher, Steven Hill, on Wednesday.

Cueto is serving a seven-game suspension for kicking several people while pinned against the backstop during the scrum. LaRue had to have stitches in his lip and also suffered seriously bruised ribs, and pitcher Chris Carpenter was left with scratches on his back from Cueto's cleats.

Carpenter, who was fined in the incident, spoke out Friday about Cueto's actions.

“He came in there with intent to do something because he came in from the back side when you look at it," he said, according to FoxSportsMidwest.com. "I was in the same position. I was in a worse position. I had people grabbing on top of me and holding me and I didn’t start kicking people and doing all that stuff.

“All this stuff that happened – the yelling, the pushing, the fighting and everything else – there was nobody throwing punches. There was nobody doing any of that. I don’t care how scared you are, I don’t care what the deal is. Whatever excuse you have, you don’t start doing that. If you did that on the street, he would end up being…That’s serious stuff.”

It's been a bad year in baseball for concussions, an injury whose recovery is impossible to predict. Mets outfielder Jason Bay is out indefinitely with a concussion, as is Twins star first baseman Justin Morneau.

-- David Andriesen

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