By Joe Christensen
Twins first baseman Justin Morneau has a bruised lung and is being held overnight at Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines, Fla.
But X-Rays were negative, meaning they showed no broken bones, and a CT-Scan came back normal, according to Mike Herman, the team’s manager of baseball communications, who received updates from Twins assistant trainer Dave Pruemer.
Morneau is not expected to play the rest of this series against the Florida Marlins and will be re-evaluated Sunday by a Marlins team doctor.
Morneau was wheeled from Dolphins Stadium in a stretcher, while wearing an oxygen mask after a home plate collision with Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo in the eighth inning.
Morneau coughed up blood while sitting on the bench, and appeared to have a rib-cage or sternum injury. He was taken to a local hospital for X-rays and scans.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire blamed himself for the team’s 5-4 loss, saying he should have had Pat Neshek ready to replace Juan Rincon, who gave up the game-winning home run to Hanley Ramirez in the eighth inning. The clubhouse was very quiet, as teammates expressed their concern for the reigning American League Most Valuable Player.
That’s the final update of the night on this blog, but we’ll be tracking the story tomorrow.