Saturday, July 2, 2011

Numbness starting to wane for Morneau

Justin Morneau is not due back in the Twins line-up until August at the earliest but he did have successful surgery to remove a herniated disk fragment from his neck. Following the surgery earlier this week, the Twins training staff announced that it seems to have been successful for Morneau. He has already gotten some of his strength back and the surgery was only a few days ago.

One of the scariest parts of this injury for Morneau had been the numbness that he felt in his fingers and hands. This injury had been bothering Morneau since the middle of Spring Training. He tried to tough it out and play through the pain but the numbness in his fingers was something that was too much to ignore. The training staff reported that the numbness has started to go away but it might take a little longer after a surgery of this type.

Patrick Reusse mentioned on the "Reusse and Mackey Show" this Friday that he has heard some rumblings from the Twins organization about the chance that Morneau could be out for the rest of the season. For a competitor like Morneau, this must be a terrible blow. The last two stretch runs the Twins have made for division titles have been without the services of Morneau. As a competitor, he wants to be out there helping his team win and watching from the sidelines for the third year in a row must be a tough pill to swallow.

Morneau is spending the Fourth of July Weekend at home recovering with his family. The schedule is for him to do some light activities in the next couple weeks. But a lot of that will depend on how his body is responding to the surgery. If the Twins continue to be out of the pennant race, it might be better for the team to shut Morneau down and let him focus on a return next spring.

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