Mauer, Morneau will end season on Twins DL

Former MVPs Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau are officially on the

Minnesota Twins’ disabled list.

The Twins also placed rookie infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka on the

disabled list Saturday. All three are out for the season. The move

on Mauer is retroactive to Sept. 15, while Morneau and Nishioka go

back to Sept. 12.

Mauer has pneumonia. The 2009 AL MVP missed two months earlier

in the year with a leg injury and hit .287 with three homers and 30

RBIs in 82 games – well off his career .327 average entering

2011.

Morneau is out with concussion symptoms, which sidelined him

most of the second half of 2010. The 2006 AL MVP missed time

earlier this year after neck surgery and a strained left wrist. He

hit .227 with four homers and 30 RBIs in 69 games.

Nishioka has a right oblique strain. He hit .226 with no homers

and 19 RBIs in 68 games.