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Justin Morneau Injury Update: Twins First Baseman Out Until Friday, MRI Planned In Minnesota

Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, who flew back to Minnesota on Monday night to have his surgically-repaired left wrist examined, is optimistic that he has not done any significant damage, according to an article in the Star Tribune.

From the Star Tribune:

"Hopefully it's just inflammation from [scar tissue] breaking up, and it just got a little irritated from a swing or whatever it is," Morneau said. "But the [tendon] doesn't feel lose, which is a good sign. So I'll stay positive and hope it's part of the process."...

"I'm not going to play worst-case scenario yet," he said. "I'm going to try to stay positive, and hopefully it's just a normal part of the process and will just be a couple days and maybe [it] needs a cortisone shot or maybe some rest. So I'll stay optimistic now until I hear different."

The article also says that the earliest Morneau could return is Friday.

Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP, played just 150 combined games in 2010 and 2011 because of injuries. Having played in 20 of Minnesota's 22 games this season, Morneau is hitting .230 with four home runs and nine RBI. His four homers equaled his total for the entire 2011 season.

The Twins are 1-7 over their last eight and have the worst record in the majors at 6-16.

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