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Updated: April 21st, 2011 3:37pm
Justin Morneau still sick, back to resting; Delmon Young to have MRI

Justin Morneau still sick, back to resting; Delmon Young to have MRI

by Phil Mackey
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Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is still trying to kick a nasty flu bug.

After taking batting practice before Wednesday's game in Baltimore, Morneau stayed back at the team hotel Thursday to rest and receive fluids. A person with knowledge of the situation said Morneau perhaps "overdid it" during Wednesday's workout.

Sidelined since Sunday, Morneau had even discussed the possibility of pinch hitting with manager Ron Gardenhire, but that never happened. In 56 plate appearances so far this season, Morneau is hitting .208/.250/.302 with zero home runs, five doubles and three RBIs.

Meanwhile, outfielder Delmon Young -- who has been battling sore ribs in addition to the flu while sitting out the past two days -- was scheduled to have an MRI on Friday at his request, Gardenhire told reporters.

Also playing the past week without catcher Joe Mauer (viral infection/bilateral leg weakness), the Twins entered Thursday dead last in baseball in runs (54), home runs (six), slugging (.314) and on-base percentage (.284).

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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