Morneau is pain free, expected back for next road trip

Justin Morneau "doesn't feel any pain" in his wrist, according to general manager Terry Ryan. The first-baseman is expected to start swinging a bat again on Saturday and will likely join the Twins for an eight game road trip when he's eligible to come off the disabled list May 16.
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Justin Morneau "doesn't feel any pain" in his wrist, according to general manager Terry Ryan. The first-baseman is expected to start swinging a bat again on Saturday and will likely join the Twins for an eight game road trip when he's eligible to come off the disabled list May 16.

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