Morneau, Nathan have surgeries. Mauer gets award.

Posted on October 22nd, 2009 – 12:05 PM
By La Velle

As expected, Justin Morneau has had surgery to remove a bone spur from his wrist, just below the back of his right hand. Morneau was spotted in the Wild locker room after their victory over Colorado last night with his hand wrapped up.

Morneau is expected to  be ready by spring training. That includes the stress fracture in his back. In an interview the night the Twins were eliminated from the playoffs, Morneau said his back was just starting to feel better.

What wasn’t known, however, is that Joe Nathan had two bone chips removed from his right elbow on Tuesday after Twins doctors recommended a cleanup. Nathan flew to Birmingham, Ala. on Tuesday to have the surgery done by noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews.

I’ve also been informed that Joe Mauer will be named Baseball America’s Player of the Year – not Albert Pujols. I don’t think this will be the last signifcant postseason award Mauer will win!

There will be more on this development later and in Friday’s print editions.

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