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Updated: May 11th, 2012 6:33pm
Twins hopeful Justin Morneau will start swinging again before Monday

Twins hopeful Justin Morneau will start swinging again before Monday

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The sputtering Minnesota Twins are hoping to get some pop back in their lineup in time for next week's road trip, but much of that depends on Justin Morneau's sore left wrist.

Morneau was placed on the disabled list earlier this week retroactive to May 1, and he received a cortisone shot after visiting a specialist in Cleveland determined the discomfort stemmed from inflammation.

Manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN on Friday that Morneau was hoping to start swinging a bat before Monday. If all goes well the team is hopeful Morneau could make the trip to Detroit on Wednesday.

"If it doesn't feel right then we'll back it up a day," Gardenhire said. "The pace, I don't know if we have a formula here. We're going to let him tell us when he gets ready. He's going to grab a bat in his hand and if it starts feeling like it's OK then he'll take some swings. When that happens I'll tell you. I'm just going day-to-day with him. I'm going to let him decide those things."

Asked if a rehab assignment would be necessary, Gardenhire said, "I don't believe so. I don't think that's going to do his wrist any good. We'll just have to see how he's feeling. I don't think he's been out long enough to say a rehab assignment. A couple weeks here. ... If he starts swinging and it feels good I'd rather see him take his swings up here rather than somewhere else."

Morneau was hitting .230/.313/.459 with four home runs and five doubles prior to landing on the disabled list. He underwent surgery last September to stabilize a tendon in the wrist, and he spent much of the offseason and spring training trying to build up strength.

"It stretches our lineup out a little deeper (with Morneau in it)," Gardenhire said, "and it'd be nice to get him back."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Ron Gardenhire, Justin Morneau
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