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Updated: June 15th, 2012 5:23pm
Forearm soreness sidelines Justin Morneau for opener against Brewers

Forearm soreness sidelines Justin Morneau for opener against Brewers

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was held out of the lineup on Friday with left forearm soreness.

His status is considered day-to-day.

"Rather than him come out and take some swings and see how it was, I said let's back off today and lets let it get well," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

"He was sore after (Thursday's) game. He came in today and said he felt better, but he wanted to go test it and I said lets take a day. We'll see if we can get him back out there tomorrow. It's not a big deal. It doesn't sound like it. But definitely something that was bothering him during the game yesterday swinging."

Gardenhire said last week he was planning on giving Morneau a rest day at some point in the near future, but likely once the Twins hit the road.

Morneau entered Friday hitting .241/.313/.489 with 10 home runs and 33 RBIs.

He spent 15 days on the disabled list in early May with lingering wrist soreness that stemmed from offseason surgery.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Ron Gardenhire, Justin Morneau