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Updated: July 10th, 2010 3:39pm
Justin Morneau (concussion) to miss All-Star game, Condrey shut down again

Justin Morneau (concussion) to miss All-Star game, Condrey shut down again

by Phil Mackey
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Manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN on Friday that Justin Morneau (head) could miss the entire Tigers series and possibly next week's All-Star Game as well.

Morneau did not play Friday not, was not in the lineup on Saturday, and Gardenhire told reporters if the former MVP is unable to play at all this weekend he will not travel to Anaheim either.

According to the Star Tribune, Morneau is scheduled to visit with a concussion specialist who works with the Tigers, Red Wings and Lions.

Update: The specialist recommended rest for Morneau, per Joe Christensen, which means Morneau will miss the All-Star Game next week. Morneau will be re-evaluated in Minnesota during the break.

Morneau took a knee to the head at second base in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's game at Toronto.

Also per the Star Tribune, RHP Clay Condrey has been "temporarily" shut down after yet another setback. Condrey has been rehabbing an elbow injury since spring training, and he made his way from extended spring training up to Class-AAA Rochester over the last month.

Despite the Twins bullpen owning the second-best bullpen ERA in baseball (3.01), there has been buzz about possibly making a change or two. Condrey is due $900,000 this season, and the Twins were hoping to squeeze something out of him.

Pat Neshek (hand) has posted a 5.60 ERA in 17 2/3 innings at Class-AAA, with 15 strikeouts and four walks. Anthony Slama has a 1.28 ERA with 60 strikeouts and 24 walks in 49 1/3 innings. Kyle Waldrop has a 1.11 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 12 walks in 56 2/3 innings, and he has also induced 63.5 percent groundballs, which would rank him among the MLB elite.

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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