ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Ron Gardenhire mentioned the possibility Saturday that Justin Morneau would start at first base Sunday, but Morneau's sore right foot relegated him to DH duty for the second day in a row.
Morneau fouled a ball off his right foot, which required surgery last year, on Thursday night and sat out Friday before starting at designated hitter Saturday and Sunday. Gardenhire said Morneau should be able to play "some" first base when the Twins return home Monday to start a series against the Red Sox, but it simply wasn't worth risking further injury Sunday on Tropicana Field's hard turf surface.
"He said he could play -- and he'd do it -- but I don't think it's right. He's not 100 percent on his foot," Gardenhire said. "There's no sense in putting him out there."
With Morneau at DH and Joe Mauer behind the dish, Chris Parmelee started at first base for the 10th time this season.