SEATTLE -- Justin Morneau's name wasn't in the lineup for the Twins' series opener against the Mariners on Friday night, but it could be soon. At this point, it's up to Morneau.
Morneau, who has been saddled with soreness in his left wrist, got good news on Wednesday in Minnesota. Hand specialist Thomas Varecka's MRI exam showed inflammation and fluid in the wrist, which underwent a surgical procedure last September to stabilize a tendon.
Morneau made the trip to Seattle with the hope that he could be in Friday's lineup, but acting manager Scott Ullger said Morneau didn't feel up to it. Ullger, the Twins' bench coach who's filling in for manager Ron Gardenhire in the skipper's seat while Gardenhire is in Minneapolis for the weekend attending his daughter Tara's college graduation, said the club is leaving the daily decision on Morneau's place in or out of the lineup up to the first baseman.
"It's a situation where we're going to trust Justin when he feels right and when he's comfortable to get back in there," assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "It's what he's comfortable doing, and we'll leave it up to him and the trainers."
Morneau, who is batting .230 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 20 games, is not considering a cortisone injection as of now, Antony said.