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Updated: March 30th, 2013 5:56pm
Justin Morneau plays in minor league game, should start on Monday

Justin Morneau plays in minor league game, should start on Monday

by The Associated Press
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Justin Morneau had four at-bats in a minor league game on Saturday morning before the Minnesota Twins headed home from spring training.

Morneau, 31, had been sidelined with a back tightness. He last played in a major-league spring training game on Tuesday, finishing 12-of-45 (.267) with three home runs and 11 RBIs.

The veteran first baseman is expected to be ready to start the regular season, which begins on Monday against Detroit at Target Field.

In other Twins injury news:

• RHP Cole De Vries, who left Friday's game after just three innings with forearm tightness, is doing fine and is expected to make his start next Saturday.

• RHP Samuel Deduno, who has not pitched since the World Baseball Classic final because of a sore left groin, is feeling better but has not pitched a bullpen session yet. He will stay at the team's spring training complex in Fort Myers when the Twins leave.

• RHP Liam Hendriks, who was hit in the hand by a line drive in his last start, is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Sunday and is expected to make his start on Friday.

• RHP Anthony Swarzak, on the disabled list because of a rib injury, is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Tuesday. He is eligible to come off the DL on April 6.

• LHP Scott Diamond, on the DL with an elbow injury, is expected to pitch in a minor league game on Tuesday.

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