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It's not the concussion that roto owners feared might sideline Justin Morneau again if they took a chance on him this spring, but his surgically repaired left wrist was a concern.
There's a chance that the Minnesota Twins will have to place him on the disabled list on Tuesday, after his visit with a Dr. Thomas Varecka, the same physician who performed his wrist procedure, in the Twin Cities today. Speculation gained steam because the Twins called up Drew Butera, meaning that they must make a corresponding move before tonight's game.
The move for Butera, a backstop, doesn't necessarily mean that Morneau will hit the DL, however. Joe Mauer took a foul ball to the knee on Sunday, didn't play on Monday and may need to sit again on Tuesday, at least. Ryan Doumit is the only other catcher on the roster.
If Morneau does require a DL stint, Doumit can play at first base or in right field if Butera is behind the plate. If Mauer returns soon and isn't limited, he can man first base as well. Of course, Chris Parmelee will continue to play at first, but the Twins have options at DH.
If Morneau doesn't hit the DL, he probably won't be available right away, anyway. The Twins will simply shuffle the roster in some other manner, probably by dumping a reliever.
Morneau told reporters that he had been feeling discomfort for roughly 10 days and hoped it was just the breakup of scar tissue. He hopes for such a conclusion and to miss just a few days. It's uncertain how limiting this could be, but if that's the ruling, it won't be a lengthy absence, even if it requires a DL stay.
In March, the club's first baseman and DH told stated that he was told he couldn't do anymore damage to it by playing. That's reason to believe that the pain he's experiencing isn't a sign of something serious.
Of course, things could change, but there's no clear fantasy baseball winner if the doctor concludes that this is serious, either - minus Butera, who promises little in the way of production when he's in the lineup, anyway.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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