TORONTO -- The Twins received a scare on Wednesday night when first baseman Justin Morneau was accidentally kneed in the head while trying to break up a double play in the eighth inning of a 6-5 loss to the Blue Jays.
Morneau lay on the ground for a few moments after second baseman John McDonald's knee accidentally hit him in the head when he slid into the bag. The Twins' training staff and manager Ron Gardenhire ran out on the field to check on the first baseman, who appeared to be a little woozy but managed to walk off the field on his own.
Morneau did not return to the field on defense for the bottom half of the inning. Michael Cuddyer shifted over to first base and Jason Repko entered the game in right field.
The first baseman, who is listed as day-to-day, wasn't available for comment after the game, but Gardenhire said the team will have to wait and see how Morneau is feeling Thursday.
"Morneau took a shot in the head," Gardenhire said. "He was a little dizzy out there. We got him out of the ballgame. He said he had to come out."
It was actually the second injury concern of the night for the Twins, as left fielder Delmon Young sprained his left wrist on a collision with center fielder Denard Span in the left-center field gap. Both players were going full bore on a ball hit by Jose Bautista that turned into a two-run inside-the-park home run. To try and avoid a more serious collision, Young slid while Span stayed on his feet, but the two still ended up catching a piece of each other.
"We were both running right for it, trying to catch it, and when we looked at each other, we were too close," Young said. "If we both [kept] standing or both went down we would have collided. I went down, he stayed up, but we both still hit each other."
Young said his left hand caught one of Span's legs. Young was able to stay in the game and finish it. But like Morneau, he'll have to be evaluated Thursday to see if he can play.