Game 33: Morneau takes swings without any issues

MINNEAPOLIS — Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau reported no problems after taking 25-30 swings off a tee before tonight’s game against the Blue Jays.

Morneau, who is on the disabled list retroactive to May 1 with a sore left wrist, said he still doesn’t have an exact timetable for his return but is hopeful he’ll be activated once he’s eligible on Wednesday in Detroit.

“I’m pleased with the way it went and we’ll continue along with the process and hopefully be ready,” Morneau said. “I can’t give a date, but I’m hopeful when I’m eligible to come off Wednesday I can play, but we’ll see once I start swinging more but I’m happy so far.”

Morneau said he expects to ramp up to about 45 swings on Sunday before possibly seeing live batting practice on Monday. He added the cortisone shot in his wrist on Tuesday has helped, and that the key is making sure the discomfort doesn’t flare up while swinging.

“The pain level doesn’t matter, but if it’s affecting my swing then that’s what we’re trying to take care of,” Morneau said. “If I can’t swing the way I need to swing then I’m not as effective as I need to be. I need to be able to do that. I felt like I was able to do that swinging today, so hopefully it’ll feel better tomorrow and we’ll keep moving forward.”

“I’d say [Bautista] has hit everywhere. Encarnacion, we’ve watched him play over the years, and he’s had those where you don’t really know if he’s going to do exactly what they expected. But he’s gotten better every year we’ve seen him. He really gets the bat head on the ball more and more. Last year, we thought, wow, he’s really figured it out and this year it looks like he’s really confident at the plate. That’s two really good hitters you’re talking about. They’re strong and know how to hit the ball in the seats. They make it happen. We try different things on them so we hope to keep it in the ballpark.”

Blue Jays (18-15)
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. Jeff Mathis, C

RHP Drew Hutchinson (1-1, 6.65 ERA, 4.15 FIP, 21 2/3 IP, 17 K, 6 BB, 3 HR)

Twins (9-23)
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 P.J. Walters (season debut)

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