"Basically he left me a text saying, 'If I play today at all it'd have to be DH,'" Gardenhire said. "So he's still feeling it pretty good, stomach the whole package. I told him that's not good, we don't want to mess with that … He's here and we'll see about availability as the game goes on."
Joe Mauer filled in for Morneau at first -- his first stint at the corner since April 27th's 7-2 victory over Texas. It was also just his second start at first this year.
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