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Morneau expected to swing this weekend

Morneau expected to swing this weekend

Morneau expected to swing this weekend
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau is expected to start swinging the bat sometime this weekend, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.

Morneau, who is on the disabled list retroactive to May 1 with a sore left wrist, had a cortisone shot in his wrist. Dr. Thomas Graham, an orthopedist with the Cleveland Clinic, gave him the shot on Tuesday.

"He's supposed to be [swinging] tomorrow or if he's not feeling OK, we could back it up a day," Gardenhire said. "The pace, I don't know if we have a formula here. We're going to let him tell us when he'll be ready. He's going to grab a bat in his hand and once he feels good enough, he'll start taking some swings. And when that happens, I'll tell you."

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There's still no official timetable for Morneau's return, but he could make his return during the club's eight-game road trip that starts Wednesday in Detroit.

"I don't think he's been out long enough to say he'll need a rehab assignment," Gardenhire said. "If he starts swinging and he feels good, I'd rather him start up here than somewhere else."

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