Justin Morneau Injury: Twins' First Baseman Flying Back to Minnesota for Tests

Benjamin Klein@BenjaminJKleinContributor IIIMay 1, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 18:  Justin Morneau #33 of the Minnesota Twins rounds the bases after hiting a two run home run against the New York Yankees during their game on April 18, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It seems as if Justin Morneau's healthy streak has again come to an end, leaving the Minnesota Twins' game last night against the Los Angeles Angels with soreness in his surgically repaired left wrist.

According to Joe Christensen of the Minnesota Star Tribune, Morneau will fly back to Minnesota to get tests done on his wrist that was repaired in October.

In 20 games this season, Morneau was hitting .230/.313/.459 with four home runs and nine RBI. The former MVP has missed majority of the last two seasons with neck and concussion issues.

According to Christensen, the Minnesota Twins have called up catcher Drew Butera from Triple-A and Morneau could find himself on the DL again as early as tonight.

Morneau has been the Twins' primary DH this season after several years at first base. Minnesota doesn't have a lot of depth at either the DH spot or at first base, since Joe Mauer is currently battling a sore knee.

Butera provides a third option behind the plate for the Twins, accompanying Mauer and Ryan Doumit.

This is truly a worst-case scenario for Justin Morneau, as, if he is out for an extended amount of time, it could be argued that his career could come to a sad end. The Minnesota Twins aren't expected to top the AL Central this season but another injury to Morneau certainly won't help their chances.