Could Morneau begin the season on the DL?
Posted 20 March 2012 - 06:49 PM
Posted 20 March 2012 - 07:47 PM
Yesterday's news that Morneau's wrist is still bothering him, along with the 3-30 spring training with no base hits and ESPECIALLY that Justin is talking about how he has been almost completely unable to pull the ball makes me wonder....
Under what scenario, outright of an obvious injury, do the Twins coax Morneau to begin the season on the DL? Is there one?
Let's say he is stilll hitting .125 at the end of spring. He has asked to sit out every other day because swinging hard is making it hard for his wrist to recover. At what point do the doctors step in and say "It needs rest. You need rest." (And then come out and tell us all "He's got tendonitis. No biggee. He'll be ready in a couple of weeks.")
I'm wondering if there is any scenario in which this happens and the club comes north with Parmelee. I'm not sure there is.
I can't even think this way yet. Trying to stay positive, despite the .100 batting average and the wrist news.
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 07:53 PM
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Posted 20 March 2012 - 11:16 PM
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:42 AM
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:15 AM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:34 AM
Why isn't a move from batting clean-up being discussed? Morneau should be batting 6th or 7th, behind Willingham and Valencia (and possibly Doumit.) Moreso because it is a less-stressful position in the batting order. He can still make an impact at 6th, but he won't feel the pressure to park one every at-bat.
Well at least he should be moved to fifth, to allow Willingham to drive in a bunch of runs with the three OBP guys at the top. I worry about Morneau clogging things up, hitting into DPs before Willingham gets a chance.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:15 PM
Posted 21 March 2012 - 02:27 PM
The fact that his wrist is bothering him doesn't improve the situation with his concussions whatsoever! I'm stating the obvious here, but we're only talking about the wrist because one of his many other injuries is temporarily superseding the PRIMARY concern, which is that he's basically wrecked from concussions.
If you would have told me 4 weeks ago that we'd be more worried about Morneau's wrist than his head, I'd have taken it in a heartbeat.
The concern isn't just that he's hitting in the .100's for Spring Training. It's that he's hitting in the .100's, and this is a trend continuing over from 2011, when he had a .618 OPS over 288 plate appearances. At some point, we need some evidence that he can drive the ball. However, if his wrist is bothering him, wrist and elbows are the types of injuries that sluggers can often play through, but which sap them of almost all their power, so that could be an alternative explanation.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 02:42 PM
I think Justin Morneau will retire before the season ends. It's sad to talk about but reality. I love the potential of Chris Parmelee in the Twins lineup.
Do you base this potential off the 3 weeks he spent with the Twins in April? Or the 3-4 unimpressive years in the minor leagues?
There is very little to suggest he is going to be anything other than ordinary as a Major Leaguer.
Posted 21 March 2012 - 03:03 PM