Morneau To Have Neck Surgery

Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 11:41 am

It has been a season filled with injuries so far for the Minnesota Twins and the news didn’t get much better on Friday when it was learned that first baseman Justin Morneau will have neck surgery. Morneau will have surgery on Wednesday to relieve a pinched nerve. The pinched nerve is believed to be the reason that Justin can’t feel the index finger on his left hand. The procedure will remove a herniated disk fragment from his neck.

Twins head trainer Rick McWane says that it is a non-invasive procedure, but Morneau is expected to be out at least six weeks. Morneau is currently on the 15-day disabled list for an injured left wrist.

With Morneau out it is expected that Luke Hughes and Michael Cuddyer will split time at first.

Coach Ron Gardenhire also suggested that there could be more options for first as well, including catchers Rene Rivera and Joe Mauer.

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