Tag:Justin Morneau
Posted on: August 9, 2010 8:17 pm

Morneau doesn't join Twins in Chicago

Justin Morneau Twins general manager Bill Smith refused to call it a "setback" but Justin Morneau didn't join the team in Chicago today as the team had hoped. If not a "setback" is it a "stayback"?

Morneau has been out since suffering a concussion on July 7, but the team had hoped he'd be able to take batting practice today and tomorrow before going on a rehab assignment.

"He's made good progress the last week," Smith told the Minneapolis Star Tribune 's Joe Christensen . "Chicago was a possibility, just like Cleveland was a possibility [this past weekend], depending on how things went last week. But Justin's very comfortable with the facilities at Target Field, so he's going to continue doing his workouts there."

He didn't work out Monday, but is expected to work out Tuesday.

The Twins have been able to keep pace with the White Sox since then, with both teams going 18-10 since Morneau went down. Michael Cuddyer has filled in for Morneau at first and since taking over that position has hit .304/.370/.470 with three home runs and 14 RBI.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 15, 2010 7:01 pm

Morneau says he's headed to the DL

Justin Morneau Justin Morneau is likely headed to the disabled list, he told MLB.com's Kelly Thesier .

The All-Star first baseman suffered a concussion on July 7 and said he's doing better, but still felt "fogginess" following a workout and doesn't expect to be ready for this weekend's series with the White Sox.

Minnesota hosts Chicago for four games and is trailing the White Sox by 3 1/2 games in the standings.

"You don't want the guys to play short-handed for too long," Morneau said. "That were we are at today. Who knows if it will be good in three to four days, but playing a big series like this, you don't want to be short-handed when you need that extra guy sometimes."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 10, 2010 8:21 pm
Edited on: July 10, 2010 8:27 pm

Girardi has intriguing options to replace Morneau

Kevin Youkilis So now that Justin Morneau is officially out of the All-Star Game with concussion symptoms, it's up to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, skipper of the American League team, to replace him.

The starter almost certainly will be Miguel Cabrera, the only other first baseman on the AL roster and certainly a worthy replacement.

But Girardi will need to put another first baseman on the roster. After narrowly missing the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote election, Boston's Kevin Youkilis would seem to be a natural pick. His numbers -- .294/.408/.584 with 57 RBI and 18 homers -- certainly justify it.

Also worthy is Chicago's Paul Konerko (.299/.380/.559, 20 HR, 62 RBI), even though he didn't even finish in the top five in fan voting at first base. The White Sox only have one representative (pitcher Matt Thornton) at this point.

But here's a thought: Could Girardi throw everyone a curve, and add some fire to the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, by picking New York's Mark Teixeira?

Teixeira's numbers (.243/.353/.453) aren't in the same league as Youkilis or Konerko. But he's on fire after a slow start, he has been more productive than his averages (17 HR, 59 RBIs) and he's Girardi's guy. And Girardi can fall back on the argument that Morneau was voted by the fans to start, and Teixeira finished second in the voting.

It wouldn't be the right call, but it sure would make some sparks fly.

-- David Andriesen

UPDATE: The Chicago Tribune reports that Konerko says he's going.

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Posted on: July 9, 2010 8:20 pm

Morneau might be out of All-Star Game

Minnesota's Justin Morneau, slated to start at first base for the American League in Tuesday's All-Star Game, is still suffering concussion symptoms and might have to skip playing in the event.

Morneau was out of the lineup Friday for the second straight day after being accidentally kneed in the head on a slide Wednesday. Manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters Morneau is still having headaches.

"I would imagine if he's missed [the whole weekend series against Detroit], it wouldn't make much sense to go to the All-Star Game," Gardenhire said.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:45 pm

Morneau: Twins don't need help

Justin Morneau The Minnesota Twins are currently deadlocked atop the AL Central standings with the Detroit Tigers, and the Chicago White Sox are just a game behind entering play Tuesday.

The Twins were supposed to run away with the Central this season, but instead are just 45-38 -- a strong record to be sure, but one to take seriously in the postseason? No.

Jason Kubel and Michael Cuddyer, two hitters counted on to anchor the middle of the lineup, have had poor seasons. Scott Baker, Nick Blackburn and Kevin Slowey have the three worst ERAs on the team. (No, not even relievers with a cup of coffee have worse ERAs.)

The rotation needs a massive upgrade, which is why the Twins have been named the top contender for Cliff Lee's services, with some reports saying Minnesota offered an outrageous package of Wilson Ramos and Aaron Hicks.

But to hear Justin Morneau tell it to Jim Souhan of the Minnesota Star-Tribune , he doesn't think the team needs to upgrade. Strange words coming from someone who spoke out so strongly earlier in his career to add a player, but that's how he feels :

"What we have is definitely good enough. We have guys who have been there before and have succeeded before. You look at Blackie [Nick Blackburn], he's pitched a lot of big games for us, must-win games for us, and he can get back to that point.

We believe that. You look at a guy like [Kevin] Slowey, it's the same thing. He has the stuff and he's capable of doing well. You just look at Pavano, the way he goes about his business and attacks the strike zone, and Frankie [Liriano] can be lights out.

We're just looking for that consistency from everyone, and we have the players to do that."

Souhan doesn't think Morneau has a good handle on the situation, and he's right. Morneau seems to be overcompensating for having asked for reinforcements in the past, mentioning how it can become a problem in the clubhouse. "For me, I've got caught up in that stuff in the past, and if you're asking for this and that and it doesn't happen, what do you say to the guys who are still here?" asked Morneau. "It's not a good situation."

No, it's not, but the Twins need some help if they hope to fend off the Tigers and White Sox. Chicago is clicking on all cylinders and Detroit is getting there. Plus, what happens if the ChiSox or Tigers import help at the deadline? The Twins are then behind the eight-ball.

It's admirable that Morneau is sticking up for his teammates, but if he hopes to play deep into October, the team has no choice but to either make a big trade or cross their fingers that Cuddyer, Kubel, Baker, Blackburn and Slowey all have strong second halves.

That's a lot to hope for.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: June 29, 2010 2:33 am
Edited on: June 29, 2010 2:35 am

Cabrera kind of has a point

Miguel Cabrera definitely does not lead the American League in diplomacy.

"If I go to the All-Star Game, I want to be in the starting lineup," the Tigers' first baseman Cabrera told the Detroit News on Monday. "If I am a reserve, that's not going to mean anything to me. If I start, it's a special thing. I've been to four All-Star games and I've never even started."

Cabrera is third in voting, despite leading the AL in RBI (66), sharing the lead in homers (20) and batting .332. It's understandable that he's upset those numbers aren't good for better than third at his own position. But there's no arguing against vote leader Justin Morneau, either. What Cabrera should really have a beef with is trailing Mark Teixeira.

  • Justin Morneau, Twins: .346/.445*/.612, 15 home runs, 49 RBI, 1.057 OPS*, 48 walks* -- 2.12 million votes*
  • Mark Teixeira, Yankees: .229/.344/.408, 13 home runs, 48 RBI, .752 OPS -- 1.86 million votes
  • Miguel Cabrera, Tigers: .332/.409/.624*, 20 home runs*, 66 RBI*, 1.033 OPS -- 1.83 million votes

* leads league

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: June 28, 2010 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 4:58 pm

Mauer winning baseball's popularity contest

Joe Mauer In the final American League All-Star Game voting updates before Sunday's announcement of teams, Justin Morneau and Carl Crawford are hanging on for their spots in the homecoming court, while Joe Mauer continues to be the prettiest girl in the school, but is still like totally down-to-earth and cool, you know?

The chess club still has until Thursday to find a way to hack intuit he online voting system and make Yuniesky Betancourt the queen, but then when the Royals shortstop shows up to the dance, he'll take off his glasses, shake out his hair and everyone will discover the beautiful swan he was underneath a career 82 OPS+.

Anyway, Mark Teixeira is making a run at Morneau at first base, with Miguel Cabrera tight on his heels. Robinson Cano seems to have second locked up, as do Evan Longoria and Derek Jeter at third base and shortstop, respectively. Mauer is pounding Jorge Posada at catcher and Vladimir Guerrero has a comfortable lead at DH over Hideki Matsui. Really.

Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Hamilton and Crawford are the top three vote-getters in the outfield, as Crawford jumped in front of the Rangers Nelson Cruz in voting, despite his sore shoulder, for the final outfield spot.

Complete -- or at least a semi-complete -- leaderboard for the July 13 game in Anaheim is up at MLB.com .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 7, 2010 2:14 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2011 4:15 pm

Morneau takes lead in All-Star voting

The latest batch of vote totals for the American League All-Star team was released today, and Minnesota's Justin Morneau was the only change at the top, passing the Yankees' Mark Teixeira to take the lead at first base. Morneau's teammate, catcher Joe Mauer , is the overall leading vote-getter with nearly 1.9 million votes.

Vote totals can be found here . The starting rosters will be announced July 4.
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