With Joe Mauer ready to start a game for the first time in six days, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire gave Justin Morneau a break Saturday, putting Mauer at first base and leaving Morneau on the bench.
"He's ready to catch," Gardenhire said of Mauer, who was out with a bruised right quad muscle. "But Mourneau needs a break. I'm worried that there are rivers around [Cincinnati], and that he might jump in the water and try to swim because he's been a little frustrated. I'd like him to walk across the bridges."
After going hitless Friday, Morneau is batting .222 in June, with one home run in 22 games.
"He's hit some balls right on the nose," Gardenhire said. "It's all about the team with Morneau, but those things add up and you get frustrated.
"He plays the game hard, he runs things out, he does all the things you're supposed to do as a player. But I can sense he's getting a little frustrated. It's funny. There's good comedy. That Canadian accent comes out pretty good in that dugout."
Waiting is hardest part
On Friday, Matt Capps declined to comment about the team's decision not to use him in a 5-4 victory. On Saturday, he explained.
"I'm frustrated because I'm starting to feel better, but it's not quick as me or anybody would like," said Capps, who pitched in the eighth inning Saturday, his first appearance since June 15 because of a sore shoulder. "But I think they're doing the right thing by not letting me make the decision.
Morneau rests; Mauer returns
Minneapolis Star Tribune | Jun 24