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Morneau to have surgery, miss 6 weeks

Posted on: June 24, 2011 5:50 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:45 pm
Justin Morneau

By C. Trent Rosecrans and Evan Brunell

Already on the disabled list with a strained left wrist, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will undergo surgery next week to alleviate pain from a  pinched nerve in his neck, the team announced.

"He should be back playing full in six weeks," trainer Rick McWane told the Associated Press. "Even though the risk is small, there still is a risk that if he continued to play through this and not get it fixed that his full strength would not come back, so we made the decision."

The pain, it should be noted, is not related to the concussion that kept him out of the second half of the 2010 season. The surgery is non-evasive, but will still sideline Morneau for an extended period. McWane also noted the time off should help Morneau's wrist injury, so there's that.

"I was honestly kind of looking forward to him getting out of this cast [from the wrist] and seeing where he was at, kind of hoping we'd have him back here in four or five days or whatever," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I know Morny didn't want any part of this, really, he's been fighting this stuff with the surgery and trying to stay away from anything like that so he can finish out the season. ... I know it's frustrating for him, so I feel bad for him more than anything else."

This is just another in the long list of Twins injuries. So far, Joe Mauer (legs), Tsuyoshi Nishioka (broken leg), Joe Nathan (elbow), Denard Span (concussion) and Jason Kubel (foot) have all missed significant time due to injuries this season.

Also, designated hitter Jim Thome was expected to come off the disabled list today, but could return early next week when the team returns home and to the American League rules.

Morneau is hitting just .225/.281/.338 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 55 games this season. 

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:53 am
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Since: Aug 25, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:31 pm

Morneau to have surgery, miss 6 weeks

sgthape for a concussion to occur it doesn't have to be on a strong hit, when physicians talk about a concussion what they're basically saying is the brain has gotten bruised inside the skull and there are no tell-tell signs of brain injury on any image taken of the brain. So actually more important than how strong the hit was on Mourneau's head it's the way his skull and brain where shifted during the impact the factors that will ultimately tell the story. On the other hand to think the hit to Mourneau's head produced extreme flexion or torsion on his neck and that that is the lingering injury highly unlikely. Normally after traumatic events to the cervical spine, symptoms appear during the following days and lesions appear clearly on MRI scans, so to assume that the neck problem comes from his collision last year is a stretch albeit not an impossible proposition. While I can't tell you how all of Morneaus woes are linked, normallly when a player isn't fully recovered and forces his body, at first the body will compensate by placing more stress on certain body parts in order to function adequately, once stress reaches a certain point it starts breaking down inevitably, and so is the tale of the multiple injuries Morneau has suffered since his collision. Hopefully this extra rest will help him recover fully and completely. 

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 11:18 am

Morneau to have surgery, miss 6 weeks

I know this sounds off the wall...but i said it when it happened and I still believe it to be the real truth...When Moreau got hit and recieved the "concussion", it just did not seem to me that he had been hit hard at all...definately not hard enough to cause a concussion...but I thought right away that he hurt his neck. His neck took quite a unnatural bend to the side on the play. I have thought ever since that the concussion story was just a misdiagnosed neck problem. They (the Twins) needed to tell MLB and the fans something, and maybe the symptoms were very similar to those of a concussion...Go back and watch the play...he does NOT get hit hard at all..but watch the bend to the left his neck a year later...gosh-golly Justin has a neck problem and need surgery...I think this was the problem all along, maybe after getting this neck problem fixed we will see Morneau return to form...I blame no one for the misdiagnosis, not the Twins, not the medical professionals, definately not Morneau...but now lets get this taken care of properly.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 10:54 am

Morneau to have surgery, miss 6 weeks

jim thome played first base his whole life he doesnt need to "learn" how to play there. he spent plenty of time at first with the indians and phillies, given hes not the same player he was back then he still knows how to play the position. you ppl crack me up with your stupid comments.

OK Matt, thank god you are around to "teach" us. Yes, I am well aware he played first base for the Indians, Phillies... but he has not for a while, and now he is a much older body. Why do people get on these threads to try and look smart. Matt, you cannot improve perfection, you are already everything your mommy wanted you to be.

Twins management came out yesterday and said that would not happen. Jim Thome is too old for first. But they hinted Joe Mauer might play some a la Pablo Sandoval.

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 10:03 am

Morneau to have surgery, miss 6 weeks

You just never know what your going to get with the Twinkies. They are hot and cold like a pillow during slumber. These guys are a couple of names from being serious contenders.

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: June 25, 2011 10:02 am

Morneau to have surgery, miss 6 weeks

This kid could be one of the best in the game if he could just stay healthy. I have seen him play in New Britain with the Rock Cats and he is not only a great player he is a class act. I have witnessed him sign autograph after autograph for hours upon hours before and after the game. Good luck JM.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: June 25, 2011 7:59 am

Morneau to have surgery, miss 6 weeks

Lol, wow, "non-evasive." Morons. Does any jounalist proof-read anymore?

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 25, 2011 7:24 am

Morneau to have surgery, miss 6 weeks

It seems as though Morneau can't catch a break! He just haven't been the same ever since the concussion,but now he has to deal with possible neck surgery.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: June 25, 2011 6:07 am

Morneau to have surgery, miss 6 weeks

Starting to think??  He hasn't been the same since his MVP season.  The guy is injury prone and has never been a full season player.  Even in the MVP season, he limped to the finish line.

Don't get me wrong, he's a great guy, however he just is not buiolt for an entire season - can you say Joe Mauer??

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: June 25, 2011 12:45 am

Morneau to have surgery, miss 6 weeks


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