Now Commenting On:

Morneau able to DH despite sore foot

Morneau able to DH despite sore foot

Morneau able to DH despite sore foot
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.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español