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Twins Spring Training 2012: Justin Morneau Could Start at 1B Or DH

With only two weeks remaining unti Opening Day, Minnesota Twins officials say no decision has been made yet about whether Justin Morneau will play designated hitter or first base, according to Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.

"I hope he plays in the field more," general manager Terry Ryan told 1500 ESPN on Thursday. "We're trying to get his bat going. ... What we're trying to do is make sure he's got his offense under control. ...

"Groundballs and fielding isn't a problem with him. He's very accomplished on the defensive side. But we are trying to make sure we get his bat going."

Morneau is hitting just .091 so far in spring training for the Twins. In the past two seasons, Morneau has been plagued by concussions and post-concussion syndrome.

If Morneau does play DH for Minnesota, the Twins have plenty of options at first base, including Joe Mauer, who has started two Grapefruit League games at first.

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