Stress fracture in back shelves Justin Morneau for the rest of the season.

Posted on September 14th, 2009 – 3:19 PM
By La Velle

First baseman Justin Morneau has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back and is done for the rest of the season. He’ll need three months to recover.

Will post after I get off deadline…

(back) and DH Jason Kubel (neck) are not in tonight’s lineup, but Kubel being 1 for 10 against Jeremy Sowers might have something to do with his absence too. Will find out when the clubhouse opens in a few minutes.

Justin Huber gets his first start with the Twins

Jose Mijares is 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA since Aug.5.

Twins hitters entered the day leading the AL with a 134 GiDP’s.

Updates: Joe Crede is likely done for the rest of the season. He felt soreness in his back and legs while tyring to DH yesterday and…well, it’s just not going to happen for him.

The Twins are in contact with the specialist who worked with Crede during the offseason to figure out how to treat the injury.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before the game that a MRI during an annual end of season exam on Justin Morneau revealed inflammation in his back. He spent Monday seeing a specialist in the town but was expected to arrive at the ballpark soon.

Justin Huber pulled an oblique muscle during batting practice and was scratched from the lineup. Matt Tolbert will bat in Huber’s spot and play third while Brendan Harris moves to DH.

Oh, but Jason Kubel felt much better on Monday – which is good because there are so many tables in the trainer’s office. He’s  available to pinch hit.

Finally… I know. I know. The Bears lost.Urlacher’s out. Cutler stunk. Everyone keeps reminding me of this…

Lineups

Cleveland (61-81)

1. Michael Brantley, CF
2.Jamey Carroll, 3B
3. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
4. Shin-Soo Choo, RF
5. Jhonny Peralata,  DH
6. Luis Valbuena, 2B
7. Matt LaPorta, 1B
8. Lou Marson, C
9. Trevor Crowe, LF

Pitching: Jeremy Sowers, LHP

Twins (71-72)

1. Denard Span, RF
2. Orlando Cabrera, SS
3. Joe Mauer, C
4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B
5. Brendan Harris, 3B DH
6. Delmon Young, LF
7. Justin Huber, DH Matt Tolbert, 3B
8. Carlos Gomez, CF
9. Nick Punto, 2B

Pitching: Carl Pavano, RHP

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