Morneau withdraws from All-Star Game
DETROIT -- Justin Morneau will miss the All-Star Game because of a concussion.
The Twins' slugging first baseman withdrew from the Midsummer Classic on Saturday, following a doctor's advice, and will return to Minnesota to rest during the break.
Morneau didn't play Saturday, missing his third straight game with a concussion, and won't be in the lineup for the series finale against the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.
"If I can't play for my team, I'm not going to be playing for the American League," he said before the game.
Morneau was evaluated Saturday by Dr. Kenneth Podell, a concussions specialist who consults with pro teams in Detroit.
With Morneau out Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif., Detroit's Miguel Cabrera likely will take his starting spot at first base for the AL.
Morneau was accidentally kneed in the head by Toronto's John McDonald on Wednesday. Morneau slid into McDonald while trying to break up a double play at second base. He walked off the field without assistance but didn't return.
"I feel better, but the headache is still there," Morneau said. "There's no sense trying to do anything and set myself back two or three days."
The four-time All-Star is hitting .345 with 18 home runs, 56 RBIs and 25 doubles. He ranks among the league leaders in all those categories and was elected by fans to start Tuesday night at Angel Stadium.
Morneau went on the disabled list four years ago after he was hit in the head by a pitch from Seattle's Ron Villone and had headaches for several days, leading to him missing 13 games. The Canadian also had head injuries during his days as a youth hockey goalie and high school basketball player.
"You're always concerned about a head injury," Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He's getting better, but the bottom line is that we're going to make sure he's healthy before we put him back on the field. There's no timetable."
Konerko will be making his fourth All-Star appearance, after being selected by AL All-Star manager Joe Girardi. Konerko entered Saturday's game with a .298 batting average, 20 home runs and 62 RBIs.
"It's good news," Konerko said. "I really didn't get too emotionally involved. I've been down this road where I have made teams and didn't make teams. You just have to look at it as a win-win. When I didn't make the team I wasn't let down. When I didn't make the last-player vote thing, I wasn't let down. You go with the flow."
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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