I know it's a long season, and I know that a few weeks without Joe Mauer, a start without Scott Baker, and a short period of time without whoever else it may be, doesn't spell the end of the world or season; doesn't it seem like everything is falling apart before the season even starts?
Joe Mauer should be back before the end of the first of six months of the season and Scott Baker should be back by the end of the first week of the season. Now it sounds like there is a chance that Justin Morneau could find himself on the disabled list, which would hurt the roster even more.
Two weeks, and more so about fourteen games, without Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, again doesn't mean there will be no playoffs—but it does make things more difficult with each day the team plays without two of the best players in the league.
To say it won't matter in the end, or that it won't be a big deal not having one or possibly both Mauer and Morneau come Monday, is crazy.
For those that don't remember, one game can mean the difference. It was the difference last season, and with the two best players out of the lineup for games early on, who says it might not be the difference again in 2009.
The Twins need Morneau to avoid a trip to the disabled list, they need him to be on the field on April 6th. They've already lost one of their best hitters, losing the other won't bode well as things move along.