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Justin Morneau Injury: Receives Positive News, Return Still Unknown

On Wednesday, Minnesota Twins' designated hitter Justin Morneau rejoined the club in Anaheim after traveling to Minnesota to have a sore left wrist examined by hand specialist Thomas Varecka.

Morneau received positive news, as he was informed that the MRI showed only inflammation and fluid around the wrist. It was explained to Morneau that this kind of development is common amongst individuals who have had surgery performed on their wrists (he had a tendon stabilized in the back of his wrist last September).

According to the Minnesota Twins' official website, Morneau said that it was the sheath around the tendon that had tightened up and that it should loosen with time. Via the Twins' website:

"[Varecka] said it should return to normal; it's just the body's natural reaction," Morneau said. "He said he was surprised this was the first time I've had any problems with it. He was surprised I didn't get something sooner. It's pretty common with this surgery."

Varecka also told Morneau that this would not be a problem throughout the rest of the season. With that being said, all involved parties are still uncertain about when he will be able to return to the lineup. The Twins are hopeful that Morneau will be able to play on Friday against the Seattle Mariners.

"He's not sure exactly on how long until it'll be better," Morneau said. "It's hard to say. It just needs to get to the point where it's tolerable and not something that lingers. How many days that is, I don't know. We're going to take today off, the off-day, and come back and see how it is on Friday. I have no idea how it's going to feel."

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