Notebook: Twins place Justin Morneau on disabled list, recall Jeff Manship
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins will have to survive another week-plus without their All-Star first baseman.
Justin Morneau was supposed to take swings before Thursday's series opener against the Chicago White Sox -- an important step in his return from what the Twins have described as a minor concussion.
Instead, Morneau felt worse as the day progressed, the swings never happened, and he told reporters on Thursday afternoon the plan is to go on the 15-day disabled list.
"The good sign is it's been getting better every day," Morneau said. "I think we've been handling it the right way, been pretty cautious with it, and hopefully, when it's time to come off (the DL), we'll be 100 percent ready to go without any questions about what happens if I dive or what happens if I go in and break up a double play. You don't want that."
The Twins made the move official after Thursday's game, placing Morneau on the DL and recalling right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship from Class-AAA Rochester.
Morneau hasn't played since taking a knee to the head last Thursday at Toronto, meaning he'd be eligible to return from the disabled list on July 24. He said the headaches and dizziness have lessened after a few days of "doing nothing" at home, but he's still feeling foggy.
"It's close," Morneau said, "but it's not close enough where we're going to run out there and take a chance with it."
Michael Cuddyer was in Morneau's usual place at first base and the No. 4 spot in the batting order on Thursday.
That this isn't Morneau's first concussion adds to concern about the injury. He said he plans to use a new helmet designed to reduce concussions when he returns.
"If it's a sore knee or sore ribs or whatever, you can not risk long-term damage," Morneau said. "But you want to be able to function when you're done playing baseball, and the brain is something you don't want to mess around with."
• IF Matt Tolbert was another candidate to replace Morneau on the 25-man roster, but manager Ron Gardenhire said Tolbert's sore finger still is bothering him. "I watched him throw today, and his finger's not well," Gardenhire said. "Whether we made this pitching move or not, I don't think I was going to be able to activate Matt Tolbert (on Friday). He didn't throw the ball across the infield and told us he's just not right. So, there you have it."
• LHP Brian Duensing is battling the flu and didn't attend Thursday's game.
• Gardenhire confirmed RHP Clay Condrey (elbow) had a setback on his rehabilitation assignment and is returning to the Twin Cities for evaluation.