ST. PETERSBURG -- Justin Morneau was back in the starting lineup Saturday night against the Rays, batting fifth as the Twins' designated hitter.
Morneau still felt a little soreness in the right foot that kept him out of Friday's lineup, but he came to Tropicana Field early, took some swings and ran around in the afternoon, then told manager Ron Gardenhire he was good to go. Morneau wore a protective pad strapped to his right leg to prevent another foul ball from causing further damage.
Gardenhire said Morneau will start Sunday afternoon's series finale at Tropicana Field as well, most likely at first base.
"It's not perfect, but it's better. He'll get through it," Gardenhire said. "All I know is he came in and said, 'I'm good to go. Let's do it.' He came out and worked early."
Morneau was able to run straight without any pain before Friday's game, but turning on his right foot was slightly more problematic. He wasn't feeling 100 percent, but he insisted to Gardenhire that he was well enough to start.
"After 'I'm good,' I don't really worry about it," Gardenhire said. "All he really needs to do is make left turns."
How about slow left turns as he jogs around the bases?
"That'd be fine, too," Gardenhire said.