Twins’ Morneau back after 5-game absence

Justin Morneau is back in the Minnesota Twins’ lineup after

missing the previous five games with an illness.

Morneau has not played since April 16 because of a nasty bout of

the flu that has circulated through the team in the last 10 days.

He would have missed six games in a row, but the series opener

against Cleveland on Friday night was postponed by rain.

It’s made his return from missing the last three months of last

season with a concussion even more difficult.

Morneau is hitting just .208 with no homers and three RBIs in 14


Delmon Young has also been fighting the flu and a rib injury.

Young was scratched for the fourth straight game Saturday, but

manager Ron Gardenhire says he hopes to have Young back Sunday in

the series finale.