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Justin Morneau Won't Play In The Playoffs

Justin Morneau, who hasn't played since July due to a concussion sustained July 7, will not return for the Minnesota Twins playoff run, the team announced Monday.

Morneau, the Twins starting first baseman, has not suffered any setbacks according to Twins General Manager Bill Smith.

"It's not a setback; I think Justin's made great progress," Smith said.

"We are going to shut him down for the postseason and just take away that question mark. There's a lot of anticipation of what's going to happen, and in talks with Justin and our doctors and everybody, we have made the decision that to try and get him ready to play in the League Championship Series or the World Series, in a matter of two weeks, is accelerating the process too quickly."

According to the Star Tribune, Morneau had a strenuous workout last Thursday at Target Field and did not feel as good as he had hoped afterward.

Though this doesn't help now, Morneau does plan to be ready for next season.

"If we just kind of eliminate all the question marks, hopefully when we get into November, I can get on my regular workout program, have a couple weeks off after the season's over, and get back into my program ... so we're completely ready for spring training," Morneau said.

Hopefully we don't have to start thinking about next season anytime soon.

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