Game 32: Morneau to start swinging bat this weekend

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau is expected to start swinging the bat sometime this weekend, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

Morneau, who is on the disabled list retroactive to May 1 with a sore left wrist, had a cortisone shot in his wrist earlier this week. Dr. Thomas Graham, an orthopedist with the Cleveland Clinic, gave him the shot on Tuesday.

“He’s supposed to be [swinging] tomorrow or if he’s not feeling OK we could back it up a day,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The pace, I don’t know if we have a formula here. We’re going to let him tell us when he’ll be ready. He’s going to grab a bat in his hand and once he feels good enough, he’ll start taking some swings. And when that happens, I’ll tell you.”

There’s still no official timetable for his return but he could make his return during the club’s eight-game roadtrip that starts Wednesday in Detroit.

“I don’t think he’s been out long enough to say he’ll need a rehab assignment,” Gardenhire said. “If he starts swinging and he feels good, I’d rather him start up here than somewhere else.”

Blue Jays (18-14)
1. Kelly Johnson, 2B
2. Yunel Escobar, SS
3. Jose Bautista, RF
4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH
5. Eric Thames, LF
6. Brett Lawrie, 3B
7. Colby Rasmus, CF
8. Adam Lind, 1B
9. J.P. Arencibia, C

RHP Kyle Drabek (2-3, 3.34 ERA, 5.29 FIP, 35 IP, 28 K, 20 BB, 6 HR)

Twins (8-23)
1. Denard Span, CF
2. Brian Dozier, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Josh Willingham, LF
5. Ryan Doumit, DH
6. Trevor Plouffe, 3B
7. Chris Parmelee, 1B
8. Darin Mastroianni, RF
9. Jamey Carroll, 2B

RHP Nick Blackburn (0-4, 6.84 ERA, 4.77 FIP, 26 1/3 IP, 14 K, 8 BB, 4 HR)

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