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Morneau will not start in final two games

Morneau will not start in final two games

Morneau will not start in final two games
TORONTO -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced after Monday's 5-4 loss to the Blue Jays that Justin Morneau will be shut down for the final two games of the season, unless he's needed in an emergency situation.

Morneau said he's physically worn down after playing in 134 games, which is the most he's played in since playing in 135 in 2009. But he added that it wasn't his decision, as he enjoys playing in his native Canada.

"I think it's more of the manager protecting his player than anything," Morneau said. "I made it through the year, and I'm just trying to get through the last couple days and get into the offseason and look forward to next year. If there's an emergency he can use me, so I'm not shutting it off yet."

Morneau, 31, bounced back after an injury-plagued 2011 campaign that saw him have surgery on his neck, left wrist, left knee and right foot.

If he doesn't make an appearance as a pinch-hitter he'll finish the year with a .267 average, .333 on-base percentage and .440 slugging percentage, with 19 homers and 77 RBIs. But he hit just .236 with two homers in September and said it was time to heal up, especially with regards to his left wrist.

"Everything that was surgically repaired, like the wrist, has worn down over the course of the season," Morneau said. "So it's just one of those things where we don't want to take any steps backward."

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