MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau asked manager Ron Gardenhire for the day off on Friday against the Rangers to rest his left wrist, which flared up last weekend in Kansas City. Morneau, who has also been plagued by a pinched nerve in his neck and left shoulder, served as the designated hitter on Wednesday and Thursday, and is expected to return to action on Saturday. "He's been DHing and has missed a few games here and there, but he came in today and said he needed a day," Gardenhire said. "I talk to him every day, and they tell me it's something he can play through and he has been playing through it."
Twins trainer Rick McWane said Morneau might get a cortisone shot to ease the pain in his left wrist, but the training staff won't make a decision for a few more days. "Morneau's condition is basically unchanged," McWane said. "We'll continue to monitor his symptoms."