Game 24: Morneau rejoins the Twins in Anaheim

ANAHEIM — Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau rejoined the team today, a day after he flew to Minnesota to have his sore left wrist examined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Varecka.

Morneau received good news from the doctor, as an MRI exam showed only inflammation and some fluid in his wrist. The Twins remain hopeful he can return to the lineup on Friday against the Mariners in Seattle, but he said he has to see how his wrist responds.

“Everything structurally looked good,” Morneau said. “He’s not sure exactly on how long until it’ll be better. It’s hard to say. It just needs to get to the point where it’s tolerable and not something that lingers. How many days that is, I don’t know. We’re going to take tonight off, the off day tomorrow, and come back and see how it is on Friday. I have no idea how it’s going to feel.”

Morneau added that he was told by Varecka that this shouldn’t be a lingering problem throughout the season, as it’s a common setback for those who have undergone wrist surgery. Morneau had a tendon in the back of his wrist stabilized last September.

Morneau said it was the sheath around the tendon that tightened up in wrist, but that it should loosen with time.

“He said it should return to normal; it’s just the body’s natural reaction,” Morneau said. “He said he was surprised this was the first time I’ve had any problems with it. He was surprised I didn’t get something sooner. It’s pretty common with this surgery. I don’t think he was pleased because it’s not nothing, but pleased as far as everything structurally, how everything was fixed, everything’s where it needs to be and that’s a positive for sure.”

Morneau didn’t swing at all today, and neither did third baseman Danny Valencia, who is dealing with stiffness in his back. Trevor Plouffe is making his first-ever start at third base tonight for the Twins.

Twins (6-17)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Alexi Casilla, 2B
3. Joe Mauer, DH
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Ryan Doumit, C
6. Chris Parmelee, 1B
7. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
8. Clete Thomas, RF
9. Jamey Carroll, SS

RHP Liam Hendriks (0-1, 6.89 ERA, 4.10 FIP, 15 2/3 IP, 8 K, 4 BB, 4 HR))

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

RHP Jered Weaver (3-0, 2.02 ERA, 2.16 FIP, 35 2/3 IP, 36 K, 6 BB, 2 HR)

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