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Justin Morneau: Ron Gardenhire Discusses First Basemen's Concussion, Health Concerns At Twins Spring Training

After a brutally honest media session Friday morning in which Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau talked about the possibility of retirement if his concussion symptoms linger, Ron Gardenhire told reporters he's not worried about Morneau. Via 1500 ESPN:

Gardenhire added, "It would be silly for you to think he wouldn't be concerned about a concussion when he's had to deal with this for a year and a half. That would be kind of silly. I'm not worried about it."

"When he walked out on the field today, that's all I needed to see, to see he was out there with everybody else doing the drills," Gardenhire said. "That tells me he's ready to go. ...

Morneau, the 2006 AL MVP, has been dogged by injuries the past two seasons, playing in just 150 of a possible 324 games. The nine-year veteran and four-time All-Star has a career batting average of .283. In his 2006 MVP season, Morneau hit .321 with 34 homeruns and 130 RBI.

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