MIAMI - Minnesota Twins slugger Justin Morneau spent Friday night in the hospital with a small bruise on his lung after he collided with Florida Marlins catcher Miguel Olivo.
Morneau was coughing up blood repeatedly when he was taken from the stadium on a stretcher, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. But X-rays taken at the hospital were negative and a CT scan was normal, team spokesman Mike Herman said.
Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP, was expected to miss a couple of games, Herman said.
The Twins first baseman, who is second in the AL with 20 home runs, left the game after being injured in the eighth inning. He came around from first base on pinch-hitter Jason Kubel's two-out double and was stopped short of the plate in a collision with Olivo.
"It was a little scary,'' Gardenhire said. "He had nowhere to go. He just had to try to go through him. It wasn't a violent collision, it hit him in a bad spot - a spot where he had no protection.''
Morneau fell to the ground but Olivo did not. An instant after the collision, shortstop Hanley Ramirez's relay throw bounced off Olivo's glove into the dugout, allowing Morneau to reach out and touch home plate.
Olivo weighs 220 pounds and Morneau 223. Olivo said he was jarred by the collision even though he kept his feet.
"I felt it very, very well. He's a big guy,'' Olivo said. "I asked him if he was OK, and he told me yes.''
Morneau was slow to rise and eventually walked to the dugout, but he didn't take the field in the bottom of the inning. After the game he was taken from the stadium on a stretcher, sitting upright and wearing an oxygen mask.