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Updated: August 29th, 2011 5:03pm
'Hyperextended' neck keeping Mauer out; Morneau has sore shoulder

'Hyperextended' neck keeping Mauer out; Morneau has sore shoulder

by Phil Mackey
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Seeing Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau's names together on the same lineup card has been a rarity for the Minnesota Twins over the last two seasons, and Monday was no different.

Morneau was sidelined for the series opener against the Chicago White Sox with a banged-up shoulder he suffered while diving for a ball in Sunday's game.

And Mauer was sidelined for a sixth consecutive game with what he described as a 'hyperextended' neck.

Mauer, who hasn't caught since Aug. 20, told reporters he injured the neck last week while attempting to catch a pop-up, and he hopes to be available off the bench.

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: Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau