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The Minnesota Twins' roster will look a bit different on Monday.
The team announced Saturday that designated hitterfirst baseman Justin Morneau will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left wrist. The Twins will also call up infielder Brian Dozier and pitcher Scott Diamond from Triple-A Rochester prior to Monday's game at Target Field against the Los Angeles Angels.
A sore left wrist caused Morneau to leave Monday's game against the Angels after just two at-bats. He then flew back Tuesday to Minneapolis to see Dr. Thomas Varecka, a hand and wrist specialist. But the MRI didn't show any structural damage, and Morneau rejoined the team Wednesday in Anaheim.
However, after taking some swings in the batting cage Saturday in Seattle, Morneau's wrist didn't feel better, according to reports.
"It wasn't good at all. It felt the same way it did the other day," Morneau told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "A little more time and hopefully that will calm down and get to where I can swing normally and be productive not just be out there swinging, but swinging to make a difference in the game."
Morneau has played in 20 games so far this season, but just four at first base as he continues to battle back from various injuries he suffered last season. He is batting .230.313.459 with four home runs and nine RBI in 74 at-bats.
For Dozier, 24, Monday's call-up will mark his major league debut. Dozier ascended to Double-A New Britain last season and began this year at Rochester. With the Red Wings this season, he batted .276 with 12 RBI and one homer in 105 at-bats.
Dozier, an eighth-round draft pick by Minnesota in 2009, was named the Twins' Minor League Player of the Year last season. His natural position is shortstop, but he's also played second and third base during his minor league career.
Dozier batted .277 with three home runs and nine RBI this spring. He'll likely split time at shortstop with veteran Jamey Carroll, whose versatility could allow the Twins to move him around the infield as well.
"He can play shortstop, give Jamey a (break)," acting manager Scott Ullger said of Dozier. "Jamey can play other positions as well. I'm sure the plan is to play Dozier at shortstop, give Jamey a little spell and then maybe play Jamey around a little bit. We'll mix and match it. We'll work everybody in there. Dozier showed he can play in spring training. He's doing fine at Triple-A. I'm glad. I'm happy for him. I think he'll be a good contributor to our team."
Diamond, a 25-year-old left-hander, made his big league debut last season with the Twins and appeared in seven games in late in the season. In seven starts with Minnesota in 2011, Diamond was 1-5 with a 5.08 ERA and struck out 19 batters while walking 17 in 39 innings.
But in six starts with Rochester this season, Diamond's numbers were impressive. He was 4-1 with a 2.60 ERA and had 26 strikeouts and just seven walks in 34 23 innings. He was taken out of his latest start Friday after just three scoreless innings, however an indication he'll be preparing to start for Minnesota once he joins the Twins.
If that's the case, the Twins will hope Diamond can help shore up a rotation that had a league-worst 6.87 ERA prior to Saturday. A corresponding move will be made Monday to make room for Diamond on the 25-man roster, although there's a good chance right-hander Liam Hendriks could be optioned to Rochester. In four starts this season, Hendriks is 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA.Follow Tyler Mason on Twitter
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Seattle Mariners 7, Minnesota Twins 0
When: 10:10 ET, Friday, May 4, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Laz Diaz, 1B — Mike Everitt, 2B — Paul Schrieber, 3B — Tim Welke
1. The Win