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Minnesota Twins: Justin Morneau to Have Neck Surgery

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 24: Justin Morneau #33 of the Minnesota Twins reacts after being tagged out at home plate for the final out of the third inning against the Cleveland Indians during their game on April 24, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twins defeated the Indians 4-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIJune 25, 2011

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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