SEATTLE -- Just when it seemed like Justin Morneau was ready to bounce back from a sore left wrist, a few practice swings before Saturday's game at Seattle confirmed otherwise.
Outside the visiting clubhouse at Safeco Field, a frustrated Morneau said he took around 17 swings and felt the same pain in his wrist as he did five days ago. The team announced it will place him on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.
"It's better to get it right now rather than have it drag on through the summer and not be as effective or productive as I can be," said Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP. "Get it right now and be able to play the rest of the year healthy instead of battling through something and not being effective at all."
The move is retroactive to May 1, and Morneau will see team doctors when the Twins return to Minnesota to start a nine-game homestand.
To replace Morneau on the 25-man roster, the Twins will select the contract of infielder Brian Dozier from Triple-A Rochester on Monday. Dozier hit .276 (29-for-105) with seven doubles and 12 RBIs in 28 games with Rochester.
"I'm sure the plan is to play Dozier at shortstop and give Jamey [Carroll] a little spell and play Jamey around a little bit," acting manager Scott Ullger said after the game Saturday night. "We'll mix and match and work everybody in there. Dozier showed he can play in Spring Training and he's doing fine in Triple-A. I'm glad and happy for him and I think he'll be a good contributor to our team."
Morneau left Monday's game against the Angels after feeling pain in the same wrist he had surgery on last October. He had an MRI Tuesday in the Twin Cities and it showed only inflammation and fluid around his wrist -- no structural damage.
But he didn't play Wednesday or in Friday's 3-2 win over Seattle, and it looks like it might be some time before he can get back out there and be effective.
It's even more unfortunate for Morneau because he was looking forward to playing in front of family and friends. The British Columbia native bought around 80 tickets this weekend for his supporters, but they won't get to see their star play in Seattle for the second straight year.
"It's definitely disappointing," he said. "I missed the trip here last year and have a lot of people coming down, including my parents. Not being able to see me play makes it even more difficult."
Morneau, 30, is hitting .230 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 20 games this season.