07/06/11 12:19 AM ET
Morneau: Surgery 'went well'
First baseman has goal to return in August
By Rhett Bollinger / MLB.com
Morneau, who is expected to be out until mid-August, said the plan is to rest for the next 10 to 14 days before ramping up his baseball activities. He also had his cast removed from his sprained left wrist on Friday.
"I haven't really been able to do much," Morneau said. "I'm feeling better every day, getting more range of motion every day. As a bonus, the wrist felt a lot better when we got the cast off. It actually felt a lot better this time than when they took the cast off the first time. I thought I was going to be more stiff. It's going good. Still a ways away, unfortunately. It's getting better."
Morneau, though, said he still has numbness in his left index finger, but that he hopes it'll go away with time. But he added the pain in his neck and shoulder that plagued him before the surgery has started to subside.
"The sort of pain down my arm has felt better than it did," said Morneau, who will have stitches removed from his neck Wednesday. "It's hard to tell right now, because I don't have the range of motion yet. It doesn't feel normal yet. It's still sore from the surgery."
The 2006 American League MVP also said he doesn't think the injury will keep him out the rest of the season like last year, when a concussion suffered July 7 kept him out of action for the duration. He said this injury is less frustrating than the concussion because at least there's a timetable this time.
"It shouldn't be [season-ending]," Morneau said. "That's the reason we did it. If that was the case, we would have waited until the offseason. This was with the hopes of being able to play that last month-and-a-half, close to two months, healthy and go into the offseason healthy, and hopefully talk about the playoffs and hopefully be healthy for the playoffs. That was the goal, instead of wait until the end and all of the sudden it's going on longer and that's an entire miserable season, instead of finishing on a good note."
Span takes BP for first time since concussion
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins center fielder Denard Span took batting practice outdoors before Tuesday's game against the Rays, marking the first time he hit balls outside since suffering a concussion on June 3.
Span also shagged fly balls in center field and said he's been doing much better since a setback Friday that forced him to shut down for two days because his concussion symptoms returned.
"It's getting better," Span said. "We'll see how I feel tomorrow. Today was the first time going out there and [I] pretty much had a full day. I went out there and I hit and shagged for a little bit. I'm definitely winded right now and spinning a little bit. But I felt good to be out there."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire watched Span hit, and was encouraged to see him back on the field for the first time since going on the disabled list on June 9.
"I was standing out there behind him watching him and following the ball off the bat," Gardenhire said. "It was good to see him back on the baseball field."
Span is scheduled to fly with the team to Chicago for the four-game series against the White Sox this weekend to take batting practice before the games leading into the All-Star break.
"Part of his healing process is being out on the field in a stadium atmosphere, with the lights and noises and sounds," Twins trainer Rick McWane said. "So it's kind of a rehab for him. So we wanted him to be with the team and get a different experience in Chicago."
Span, who is going home to Tampa during the All-Star break, added he hopes to be ready to start a rehab assignment shortly after the break, but said there's still no official timetable for his return.
"We've talked about it," Span said. "Everything is kind of just coming in each day and seeing how you're feeling. So we're taking it one day at a time. But if everything goes right, I think coming out of the All-Star break, pretty soon, I'd be ready to go on a rehab assignment."
Revere shares Rookie of the Month honors
MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins outfielder Ben Revere was named the Gillette Presents American League co-Rookie of the Month for June along with A's second baseman Jemile Weeks.
Revere, who batted .294 with 14 runs, four doubles, a triple, nine RBIs and seven stolen bases, was surprised to learn about the honor when told before Tuesday's game against the Rays.
"Really? I didn't know that," said Revere, grinning. "They told me I had a chance but I thought Jemile was [going to be selected]. So it's awesome. All the coaches helped me out. It's an honor to be [named] that, but I have a lot more stuff to work on."
Revere, who was recalled on June 2, helped spark the club atop the lineup while also providing excellent defense in center field. The club was also 17-8 in the 25 games he played after entering the month with a 17-36 record.
"When I first got called up again, my grandpa told me that I was going to help turn this team around by bringing my enthusiasm and work ethic," Revere said. "So I told him I'd do my best, and he must be psychic, because it's actually what we're doing. We've been getting back."
Kubel has MRI; Slowey, Young play in rehab
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jason Kubel underwent an MRI on his sprained left foot Tuesday after flying back to Minnesota Monday, and received the results from the doctor late Tuesday night.
"He said it looked the same," Kubel said after the Twins' 3-2 victory over the Rays. "Nothing new. It's just aggravated joints in there. That's basically it. I don't know why it's taking so long."
Kubel, who left his rehab game with Class A Fort Myers on Thursday after feeling discomfort in his foot while playing right field, added that he hopes to play in rehab games with Triple-A Rochester after the All-Star break.
Right-hander Kevin Slowey, on the disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle, made a rehab start with Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, allowing two runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings. He also struck out two and plunked two, with 39 of his 56 pitches going for strikes.
Left fielder Delmon Young, who is on the DL with a sprained right ankle suffered June 25, also played in a rehab game with Rochester, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer the night after going 1-for-4 with a double.
"Delmon did fine last night," Twins trainer Rick McWane said before Tuesday's game. "He ran well and had no problems."