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08/19/09 7:43 PM ET
Morneau out, Kubel, Gomez in for Twins
First baseman still feeling effects of inner ear infection
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- When Twins manager Ron Gardenhire arrived at the ballpark on Wednesday afternoon, he was concerned that his options for the lineup might be limited. Justin Morneau (inner ear infection), Jason Kubel (left knee contusion) and Carlos Gomez (sore left wrist) were all questionable for the contest. Morneau was kept out of the lineup for the second straight day, as he continued to battle the lingering effects from a right inner ear infection. But much to Gardenhire's relief, both Kubel and Gomez told the manager that they were ready to play and they were slotted back in the starting lineup. Kubel's knee was still a little sore on Wednesday, but he said that it was feeling much better than it did after he fouled a ball off it in the first inning on Tuesday night. Gomez also said his wrist was still a little sore after he was hit by a pitch during an at-bat the previous night, but that he'd be fine to play. As for Morneau, Gardenhire said the club will wait a few days to see if the first baseman has any improvement. Gardenhire waited to post the lineup to check on Morneau, but the first baseman said he felt the same on Wednesday, as he continues to fight spells of dizziness from his ear infection. Doctors gave him a new medication to take on Tuesday and Morneau's hope is that it will help clear up some of the symptoms. Morneau said that he's been feeling good when he wakes up in the morning, but the vertigo sometimes returns when he's moving around. It comes and goes, he said, but the hard part is that he doesn't know when it might set in. While Denard Span was placed on the 15-day disabled list with his inner-ear infection in June, Morneau's hope is that he'll start to feel good enough in the next couple days that he won't require a DL stint. "We'll be patient with him here," Gardenhire said. "Just give him a few days here and go from there. I don't want him to go on the DL either. If it has to go that way, it has to go that way. We'll just give him a few days."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.