Morneau was expected to hit and take grounders on the field but was forced to take batting practice inside at Target Field instead, pushing his timetable for his return back a few days.
"He still wants to get on the field, take ground balls on the field, so it's not a setback, it's just not going anywhere," Gardenhire said. "You want to be on the field, taking ground balls, throwing all those things."
Gardenhire added he's hopeful Morneau can hit outdoors on Wednesday and go from there, as he's nearing a rehab assignment, whether it's in Fort Myers, Fla., in simulated games or with Triple-A Rochester. "Hopefully, he'll hit on field tomorrow and the next day," Gardenhire said. "And we'll see if he's doing OK by time we get home, or if they come up with a plan where he can go and play."