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Updated: April 30th, 2012 11:02pm
Morneau leaves early with sore wrist, will fly back to Minnesota

Morneau leaves early with sore wrist, will fly back to Minnesota

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Sitting nine games under .500, the Minnesota Twins don't need any bad news right now.

But they received some on Monday night in Los Angeles when first baseman Justin Morneau left after two at-bats with a sore left wrist -- the same wrist that required a stabilization procedure last September.

According to MLB.com, Morneau will fly back to Minnesota to visit with Dr. Varecka.

The September surgery was considered minor, but Morneau spent the entire offseason trying to rebuild strength in his wrist. In March Morneau said he was still dealing with some weakness.

"I'm trying to do the right amount of swinging," Morneau said on March 19. "I have to swing to build the strength, but if I swing too much, it gets a little irritated, so it's kind of hard. I'm trying to work on my swing, and get the feel back to where I need to be, and if I swing too much, it gets irritated, so it's kind of a fine line. ...

"They told me I can't do any damage to it. It just might slow down the process of feeling good if I do too much, so it's just kind of finding that right balance, I guess."

Morneau is hitting .230/.313/.459 with four home runs this season.

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