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Justin Morneau "Progressing," Still Not 100 Percent

Minnesota Twins' first baseman Justin Morneau hasn't faced live Major League pitching since taking a knee to the head in Toronto last July 7. . .and, until he gets to Fort Meyers, Florida to do so, the team likely won't know just how much progress the former MVP has made. However, "progress" is the buzz word when talking about Morneau, according to Twins' General Manager Bill Smith.

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It's still a work in progress. He is not 100%, but I've talked to his doctors, I've talked to him. He's getting better all the time, he's doing very good workouts.

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Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Fort Meyers on February 17, and workouts for the full team will kick off a week later.

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Morneau has not yet added baseball-related activities to his workout regimen at this point.

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In his limited action last season, Morneau was putting up MVP-like numbers. In the 81 games Morneau played in 2010, he posted an average of .345, blasted 18 home runs. . .which was still good enough for fourth on the Twins (behind Jim Thome, Jason Kubel, and Delmon Young), and drove in 56 runs.

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Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.