Minnesota Twins: Justin Morneau to Have Neck Surgery

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Minnesota Twins: Justin Morneau to Have Neck Surgery
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Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau has gone from iron man to paper-mache man. From 2005 to 2008, Morneau played in an average of 154 games a season.

Now, he can barely stay on the field.

Morneau missed 81 games last season because of a concussion and it looks like he will miss even more games in 2011. Already on the DL because of a wrist injury, Morneau will now undergo neck surgery to repair a pinched nerve.

Talk about not being able to catch a break.

Morneau will be out now an additional 6-to-8 weeks and appears to be following the same path as Ken Griffey Jr.

From 1996 to 1999, Griffey averaged 154 games a season. Then, all of a sudden, he became an injury-prone mess in Cincinnati, only averaging 105 games a season.

If Morneau is out 6-to-8 weeks as expected, his return should be in mid-August.

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