Game 23: Morneau OK, to rejoin Twins tomorrow

ANAHEIM — The Twins received good news today, as an MRI exam taken on Justin Morneau’s left wrist showed no structural damage.

Morneau, who had a tendon stabilized in his left wrist last September, left yesterday’s game with soreness in his left wrist and flew to Minnesota to meet with hand specialist Dr. Thomas Varecka earlier today. But he received welcome news from Varecka after undergoing an MRI exam and is scheduled to fly back to Anaheim tomorrow, according to assistant general manager Rob Antony.

“Everything looked good with the tendon,” Antony said. “And everything that had been surgically repaired — there was a little fluid and inflammation, which was causing some of the pain — but the doctors do not believe he’s a DL candidate, so we’re going to try to get him back here tomorrow to rejoin the team.”

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing the news, but says he’s still not sure if Morneau will be ready to return to action in time for Friday’s game in Seattle against the Mariners after Thursday’s off-day.

So with Morneau avoiding the disabled list, the Twins designated infielder Sean Burroughs for assignment to make room for catcher Drew Butera on the roster.

The move gives the Twins more flexibility behind the plate because Joe Mauer is dealing soreness in his left knee after he was hit by a foul tip on Sunday. Mauer is serving as designated hitter tonight with Doumit getting the start at catcher.

“Right now I need protection with my catching situation,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It’s why we had to make a roster move. I wasn’t ready to send down a pitcher yet. We ended up bringing a catcher up here because it protects me a little bit. Sean, if we get through all this, will go down there and get some swings, which is not a bad thing. He agreed with that too. He can go get swings and see what happens.”

The Twins have 10 days to trade Burroughs, release him or pass him through waivers. If he goes through waivers unclaimed, he could be optioned to Triple-A Rochester.

Twins (6-16)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Danny Valencia, 3B
6. Ryan Doumit, C
7. Chris Parmelee, 1B
8. Clete Thomas, RF
9. Jamey Carroll, SS

LHP Francisco Liriano (0-3, 11.02 ERA, 6.44 FIP, 16 1/3 IP, 12 K, 13 BB, 3 HR)

Angels (8-15)
1. Mike Trout, CF
2. Alberto Callaspo, 3B
3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Torii Hunter, RF
5. Mike Trumbo, DH
6. Howie Kendrick, 2B
7. Vernon Wells, LF
8. Erick Aybar, SS
9. Chris Ianetta, C

RHP Jerome Williams (1-1, 5.51 ERA, 3.62 FIP, 16 1/3 IP, 13 K, 7 BB, 1 HR)

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