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Twins' Morneau dealing with typical post-surgical complications

Justin Morneau doesn’t know when his wrist will feel good enough to return to the Twins’ lineup, but he won’t return until he can “get to the point where it’s tolerable and not something that lingers.” He is hopeful that he can put this setback in the “rear-view mirror” as soon as possible.
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Justin Morneau doesn’t know when his wrist will feel good enough to return to the Twins’ lineup, but he won’t return until he can “get to the point where it’s tolerable and not something that lingers.” He is hopeful that he can put this setback in the “rear-view mirror” as soon as possible.

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