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Sweet-swinging first baseman, Justin Morneau sure hopes the concussions that ended his past two seasons are a thing of the past, but he remains cautious as he prepares for the season with the Minnesota Twins. Maybe then he can return to a key contributor for the Twins, something he's struggled to do the past two season which were cut short due to the impact of those concussions.
As Joe Christensen reported today, Morneau feels good as he works out and hasn't felt those concussion symptoms for a month and is in a much better place at this point in the year than he was last year.
Even now, a month before spring training, he has questions. He hasn't felt concussion symptoms since December, but he wonders how his head will respond once he's back on the field. He also wonders about his surgically repaired left wrist. Resting on a training table, as he iced his left knee, Morneau called himself cautiously optimistic.
"I wouldn't say the head's perfect yet," Morneau said. "I'm not going to declare that until I go through fielding ground balls, playing catch, taking batting practice, doing all the baseball stuff. But what I was able to do today is miles ahead of where I was at this time last year."
While that sounds like good news, it still appears that Morneau has a long ways to go before regain his All-Star form.