Justin Morneau back in lineup

Updated: April 23, 2011, 12:07 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau is back in the Minnesota Twins' lineup after missing the previous five games with an illness.

Morneau has not played since April 16 because of a nasty bout of the flu, which has circulated through the team in the past 10 days. He would have missed six games in a row, but the series opener against Cleveland on Friday night was postponed by rain.

The illness made his return from missing the last three months of the 2010 season with a concussion even more difficult.

Morneau is hitting just .208 with no homers and three RBIs in 14 games.

Delmon Young also has been fighting the flu, as well as a rib injury.

Young was scratched for the fourth straight game Saturday, but manager Ron Gardenhire says he hopes to have Young back Sunday in the series finale.


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