Update: Morneau to the DL (Game 66 postponed)

MINNEAPOLIS — First baseman Justin Morneau, who has been bothered by a sore left wrist, was expected to return to action today against the White Sox, but is out of the lineup for the fourth straight game.

Morneau had an MRI on his wrist last week and hand specialist Dr. Thomas Varecka took a look at it yesterday during the Twins’ off-day. But the Twins still haven’t announced if there is anything new on the injury front regarding Morneau, or if he’ll need to hit the 15-day disabled list.

Twins trainer Rick McWane is scheduled to give more info on Morneau before the game, so stay tuned.

Update: Morneau’s MRI results were actually sent to Dr. Varecka on Sunday, who recommended a cortisone shot in his left wrist.

Morneau had the shot Sunday and took batting practice in the cages today, but his wrist still felt sore, so he decided to visit with Dr. Varecka before tonight’s game.

McWane said Morneau could hit the DL because he’s already been out for five days, but that they wanted to wait until hearing more from Varecka.

Another update: The game ended up being postponed due to rain and the makeup date is TBA, but Twins general manager Bill Smith announced after the rainout that Morneau will head to the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 10.

Smith sounded confident Morneau will make a speedy return, as he’s having his wrist immobilized for 10 days, but should be ready to go after that.

“We’re looking at this as a short-term event, but we will put him on the DL,” Smith said. “Rest and they believe it will come around in that 10 days plus a few days to get his range of motion back.”

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