Morneau, who had a tendon stabilized in the wrist last September, left Monday's game against the Angels with soreness and flew to Minnesota to meet with hand specialist Thomas Varecka. He received welcome news after undergoing the MRI exam and is scheduled to fly back here on Wednesday, according to assistant general manager Rob Antony.
"Everything looked good with the tendon," Antony said. "And everything that had been surgically repaired -- there was a little fluid and inflammation, which was causing some of the pain -- but the doctors do not believe he's a DL candidate, so we're going to try to get him back here [Wednesday] to rejoin the team."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing the news, but says he's still not sure whether Morneau will be ready to return to action in time for Friday's game in Seattle against the Mariners after Thursday's off-day.
"I was very excited," Gardenhire said. "I was very happy. I was concerned with him last night after talking to him about his swing. Justin swings really, really hard. So coming off wrist surgery, he's going to take those swings, and there's always concern. But he's been getting through it. Ever since Spring Training, everything has been great but he had a little setback. But that's normal with anybody who had surgery. So there's some soreness. We'll give him a couple days here, which I planned on doing anyways."
The Twins, though, remain optimistic that Morneau get past this setback with treatment and that it won't be a lingering concern this season.
"Hopefully, with some of the medication, that can decrease the fluid and the inflammation and hopefully, it's not an issue that he has to deal with or manage all year," Antony said. "If it is, that's something he's been through before. But I think mainly, he got some peace of mind knowing that he hasn't re-injured the tendon or that there was not anything structural with the wrist, so this is something he can deal with."