Canadian first baseman Justin Morneau sidelined for Premier12


Don Cherry, pictured during the 2009 World Baseball Classic with Canadian Justin Morneau. (Darren Calabrese/CP

OTTAWA – Former American League MVP Justin Morneau will not play for Canada at the WBSC Premier12.

The first baseman from New Westminster, B.C., has informed Baseball Canada he had a setback during training, causing him to drop out.

Toronto Blue Jays prospect Demi Orimoloye of Orleans, Ont., will replace Morneau on the roster for a tournament that serves as an Olympic qualifier.

Morneau, 36, was AL MVP with the Minnesota Twins in 2006.

He has played 14 major-league seasons, but hasn’t been in the big leagues since 2016.

Canada opens the Premier12 Nov. 6 in Seoul against Cuba.

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