Justin Morneau was the designated hitter on Friday, in case he needed to make a fast getaway.

His wife, Krista, is due with their second child.

How soon? "Like ... now," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Morneau made it through Friday's game, going 0-for-5 in the 2-1, 11-inning victory over the Royals. But plans are in place for him to leave the team when it's time for family expansion.

"A private jet will pick him up," Gardenhire joked. "Or a helicopter."

Once he leaves, he will be placed on the league's paternity list, which gives him three days to return to the team and allows the Twins to call up a replacement -- likely Chris Parmelee, batting .302 with four homers and 18 RBI in 28 games at Class AAA Rochester.