Morneau should be back in the lineup on Saturday, manager Ron Gardenhire said, but he didn't take batting practice before Friday's game against the Rays. Gardenhire didn't want to risk the possibility that Morneau would accidentally hit another ball off his foot and injure it any further. Morneau would have been available to pinch-hit.
"I don't want him to do anything silly here yet. That's the foot he had surgery [on]," Gardenhire said before Friday's game. "Everything's fine. He's a little frustrated, but I said, 'You just be ready to hit, get a game-winner if we need you later in the ballgame,' and he'll be ready for that. And he'll be ready to play [on Saturday]."
Morneau ran Friday afternoon and felt OK going in a straight line, but turning on his right foot was a bit more difficult. Plus, the hard turf surface at Tropicana Field is not the ideal playing environment for a player dealing with any sort of lower-body injury.