Justin Morneau was feeling well enough to take batting practice and groundballs Wednesday in Baltimore after missing three consecutive games with the flu, but he wasn't healthy enough to return to the starting lineup.
Before Wednesday's game, manager Ron Gardenhire was hopeful Morneau could pinch-hit if needed. That is, Gardenhire clarified, if the team could get the first baseman "off the stool." Ultimately, Morneau was too ill to hit late in Minnesota's 5-4 loss to Baltimore, though he did volunteer to pinch-hit in the ninth when the Twins were down by one run.
"We talked about it, but the guy's on medication, it's just not the right thing to do," Gardenhire said. "We were trying to look and seeing if we could, and he was willing to, but he'll tell you he wasn't feeling very good at all, and that's scary. That's a scary thing."
Whether Morneau can play Thursday remained up in the air after Wednesday's game, and Gardenhire also doesn't expect Delmon Young to be available. Young is also recovering from the flu and dealing with soreness in his ribs.
Asked how long he can continue to go with two players on the 25-man roster unavailable, Gardenhire said, "Until they're well. That's all we can do."
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