Morneau ordered to stay home as he heals

Morneau ordered to stay home as he heals

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have consistently said there is no timetable for when or if Justin Morneau might return to the team this season. But it's looking less likely that a return will come anytime in the very near future.

Morneau was not at Target Field working out with the team on Tuesday, and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the first baseman won't be back at the ballpark until at least Friday.

"The doctors told him to stay home," Gardenhire said. "He's not coming in until Friday. The doctors told him to stay away."

Morneau hasn't played since suffering a concussion on July 7, when he was accidentally kneed in the head during a slide into second base in Toronto. When he last spoke with reporters about a week ago, right before the Twins left on their most recent road trip, Morneau said he still had yet to experience a day without any lingering symptoms from the concussion.

While Morneau won't be working out with the team this week during its series against the Tigers, Gardenhire insisted that it wasn't a setback for the first baseman.

"No setback," Gardenhire said. "It's doctors' protocol."

Morneau had been working out at Target Field recently, and during the team's last homestand -- which was over a week ago -- he was out on the field taking early batting practice, playing catch with some teammates and sitting in the Twins' dugout to watch a couple of games.

But this week, Morneau will spend time at home.

"He's following everything the doctors say," Gardenhire said. "He does his cardio work, the whole package, his workouts and he's following doctors' orders and doing exactly what they want him to do. There you have it."