Morneau out until Tuesday (Game 64)
MINNEAPOLIS — Justin Morneau is out of the lineup for a second straight day and is expected to be held out until Tuesday’s game against the White Sox.
Morneau, who has been bothered by a sore left wrist, is scheduled to meet with local hand specialist Dr. Thomas Varecka on Monday’s off-day before returning to action.
“He’s had that thing and he’s going to see Dr. Varecka — our hand guy — and he wants to check all the information out there,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “So it doesn’t make any sense for me to put him out there until Dr. Varecka sees him.”
With so many players out, the Twins will rely on a lineup filled with plenty of players who started the season in the Minors including Ben Revere, Rene Tosoni, Brian Dinkelman and Rene Rivera.
Gardenhire said he’s also stacking his lefties against Rangers right-hander Colby Lewis, as left-handers are hitting .310 with a .966 OPS against him this year, while right-handers are hitting just .190 with a .577 OPS.
“Hopefully we’ll bounce back today and get a good start,” Gardenhire said. “The numbers say left-handers hit over .300 against him and right-handers below it. So we snuck as many left-handers as we could other than Morneau. So we’ll see how they do.”
Lineups for the 3:10 p.m. start at Target Field:
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Elvis Andrus, SS
3. Josh Hamilton, DH
4. Adrian Beltre, 3B
5. Nelson Cruz, RF
6. Mitch Moreland, 1B
7. Mike Napoli, C
8. David Murphy, LF
9. Endy Chaves,CF
RHP Colby Lewis (5-6, 4.37 ERA, 5.21 FIP, 2.76 K/BB)
1. Ben Revere, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, SS
3. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
4. Delmon Young, LF
5. Rene Tosoni, DH
6. Danny Valencia, 3B
7. Brian Dinkelman, RF
8. Rene Rivera, C
9. Matt Tolbert, 2B
RHP Scott Baker (3-4, 3.86 ERA, 4.22 ERA, 3.09 K/BB)