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08/20/09 7:43 PM ET
Morneau sent to Twin Cities for exams
Ailing first baseman to see ear, nose and throat specialist
By Kelly Thesier / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- First baseman Justin Morneau will not be returning to the Twins lineup for at least a couple of days. Morneau left the team and headed back to the Twin Cities on Thursday night to see an ear, nose and throat specialist. Morneau has been bothered by spells of dizziness over the past couple of days. Doctors have said it's the lingering effects of a right inner-ear infection that the first baseman first noticed when the team returned home from a road trip in Detroit on Aug. 9. Morneau was given new medication by the Rangers doctors on Tuesday to help treat the symptoms, but over the past couple of days there really hasn't been a change in how he's feeling. Morneau said that that he wakes up in the mornings feeling better, but as he begins moving around the dizziness returns. "At times I start to feel better and then it comes back again," Morneau said. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that since the medication didn't start to work within 24 hours as the doctors said it might, the team decided it was best for Morneau to go home and see more doctors there. "It's past 24 hours, so now we go to the next level," Gardenhire said. Gardenhire expressed hope that Morneau might still rejoin the team in Kansas City for this weekend's series. But the club has seen before how long the symptoms of an inner-ear infection can linger. Denard Span battled the symptoms for nearly all of June, and even spent some time on the disabled list. So there is a chance that Morneau might also require a stint on the DL. But Gardenhire said the team will let Morneau see the doctors before determining whether they'll need to put him on the DL for the ailment. "We're not close to doing anything yet," Gardenhire said. "We'll send him home and let him see a doctor. Whoever he sees [Friday], hopefully it will tell us a little more about what he's got." Morneau said the most frustrating part is that there is no specific timeline for when he might start feeling better. "They say it's kind of different from person-to-person," Morneau said. "Mostly they just say it will take time and it should go away eventually. I'd like it to go away quicker than it is."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.