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There had been some recent hope among fans in the Twin Cities that Justin Morneau(notes) might have been able to return for the ALCS or World Series if the Minnesota Twins advanced that far.

But on the cusp of their ALDS date with the New York Yankees, the Twins broke some bad news to their supporters.

Because of the lasting effects of a concussion he suffered on July 7, they'll have to go without Morneau for the second straight postseason. 

Morneau had been trying to work his way back with a few recent workouts but still experienced his symptoms afterward.

To their credit, the Twins decided that rushing Morneau back onto the diamond wasn't in the best interests of his health and decided to shut him down until at least 2011. It wasn't a totally unforeseen circumstance for the team, either, as Ron Gardenhire publicly doubted Morneau's return last week.  

Here's what Minnesota GM Bill Smith said (via @TwinsNow):

"If Justin's going to play in the LCS or the WS he's got to be ready to go in two weeks, and that's not going to happen."

"To get (Morneau) ready for the ALCS or the World Series in a matter of two weeks is accelerating the process too quickly."

Even though we suspected it was coming and even though Jim Thome(notes) and others have picked up the offensive slack this season, this qualifies as terrible news for any baseball fan. This is the second straight year that we'll be watching a Twins team without one of its MVPs and now we'll always be left wondering what might've happened had Morneau not tried to break up that double play in Toronto.  

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