|Justin Morneau hasn't|
played since July 7.
Yeah. It would be one thing if he were already in Fort Myers, hacking away at pitches in the Florida Instructional League, and they could get him even three or two games in the regular season. That's not the case.
Beyond that, one has to wonder how Gardenhire would juggle the postseason lineup to fit Morneau in. There isn't room in the outfield corners, first base, third base and DH — five of the nine lineup slots — for Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Jim Thome, Danny Valencia and Delmon Young. The latter five have obviously been instrumental in the second-half surge. Morneau, if healthy, is obviously better than any of them, but they've earned the October playing time.