Rehabbing Morneau to join Twins on road trip

Rehabbing Morneau to join Twins on road trip

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins designated hitter Justin Morneau continued to rehab his sore left wrist on Sunday, taking swings in the cage for the second straight day.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said there's still no target date for Morneau's return, but that he'll join the club on its eight-game road trip that begins on Wednesday in Detroit. Morneau is on the disabled list retroactive to May 1, so he's eligible to come off on Wednesday.

"We're waiting on the Morneau situation to evolve," Gardenhire said. "He's continuing to do his work. He's doing his drills and taking some swings and he'll progress each day. He'll let us know how it goes. Wednesday, he'll come with us, whether he's ready or not ready."

Gardenhire said he expects to play Joe Mauer plenty at first base in Morneau's absence, as Chris Parmelee has struggled recently. Mauer started at first base on Sunday with Drew Butera getting the start behind the plate.

"I told Joe he's going to play a lot of first base until we get Mornie back," Gardenhire said. "So we'll see what happens. But Joe said he'll play anywhere."