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Morneau Will Serve In DH-Only Capacity For Remainder Of Season

If and when Minnesota Twins' first baseman Justin Morneau is able to make his return to the lineup on a regular basis, he can leave his first baseman's glove at home.

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According to Rhett Bollinger, the Minnesota Twins' beat reporter for MLB.com, Morneau will do nothing more than serve as the designated hitter for the remainder of the 2011 season for the Twins.

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Morneau has had a bunch of health problems this season, some of which might still stem from the concussion that cost him the second half of the 2010 season. For the season, Morneau has played in just 69 games, batting .227 with four home runs and 30 RBI.

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To the Twins' credit, they have handled this situation with Morneau about as well as can be expected, but concussions are so tricky that it's hard to say whether it will follow Morneau for the rest of his career or not.

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In other Twins' related news, Francisco Liriano started playing catch today, but the team is unsure whether or not he will be back this year. They also aren't sure whether center fielder Denard Span will be back this season, either. With the Twins having officially faded into the second division, there really isn't any point in risking anything further with either of them this season, in this writer's opinion.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.