Another infield outage: Morneau, Hardy not in lineup
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Can the Minnesota Twins infield catch a break?
With Michael Cuddyer on the bereavement list, Brendan Harris will make a rare start at first base. Nick Punto will be back at second in place of Orlando Hudson, whose wrist remains too sore for him to swing, and rookie Danny Valencia will get the nod again at third.
Only shortstop J.J. Hardy -- who will bat second and is battling a sore wrist -- is in his usual spot in the infield. UPDATE: Strike that. Hardy was a late scratch because of the wrist, putting Matt Tolbert into the lineup at second and bumping Punto over to shortstop.
As Patrick Reusse writes, this sort of chaos by midseason has become the norm for the Twins infield.