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Updated: June 14th, 2011 5:33pm
Justin Morneau placed on 15-day DL; wrist immobilized for 10 days

Justin Morneau placed on 15-day DL; wrist immobilized for 10 days

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau's wrist is still bothering him, and doctors have determined that the only remedy is rest.

Morneau was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, retroactive to June 10, and he will have his wrist immobilized in a cast for 10 days according to Minnesota Twins general manager Bill Smith.

"We're looking at this as a short-term event," Smith said.

"(Doctors) believe it will come around in that 10 days, plus a few days to get his range of motion back."

The Twins will announce a corresponding roster move prior to Wednesday's game. It's possible the team could activate infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who completed a rehab assignment with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday night.

Sidelined for a fourth consecutive game Tuesday night against the Chicago White Sox, Morneau had a cortisone shot in his ailing left wrist on Sunday. After resting on Monday, Morneau took swings in the batting cage on Tuesday, but the wrist didn't react as well as he had hoped.

"It's disappointing, frustrating," said Morneau, who injured the wrist during the team's last homestand in late-May, but isn't sure exactly how.

"It was feeling better (Tuesday), and then I started swinging and I could feel it getting more irritated. ...

"We didn't expect (the pain) to be completely gone, but as I swung, with each swing it felt like it was increasing."

The team sent Morneau to visit with Dr. Thomas Varecka on Tuesday afternoon -- the same hand specialist who reviewed Morneau's MRI results on Sunday. Because cortisone shots sometimes take three or four days to fully kick in, Morneau was still somewhat optimistic to hear good news.

"I think we were hoping (Dr. Varecka) was going to say he thought (the cortisone) was going to continue to work over the next couple of days," Morneau said. "I asked him if he thought it would continue to work, and he said yes, but I said, 'do you think it will continue to work if I keep swinging?' and he said, 'probably not.'"

With Nishioka and Glen Perkins likely returning within the next couple days, and with Joe Mauer, Jason Kubel, Jim Thome and Denard Span all coming back at some point, the Twins couldn't afford to let Morneau sit on the 25-man roster very long.

But because he's also been playing through a pinched nerve in his neck, and considering his .225/.281/.338 batting line, it may not be a bad time to let the former MVP get some rest.

"Going on the DL is never a good thing, but if it allows me to be healthy for the second half -- if it does that and if that's the decision we make, hopefully it's something that helps everything," Morneau said. "But I'm definitely not happy, that's for sure."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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