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Justin Morneau Injury: Twins Slugger Reacts After Taking Batting Practice Monday

On Monday night, Minnesota Twins' slugger Justin Morneau took batting practice for the first time since injuring his right wrist against the Los Angeles Angels on April 30. In his BP session, Morneau took an estimated 35-40 hacks and reportedly was hitting the ball well. Morneau was pleased with how the session went and stated that he felt as though he was making progress.

Here are his comments courtesy of ESPN 1500:

"It's getting better," Morneau said. "Whether (the soreness) will be gone completely, I don't know. I'm hopeful. But as long as I'm able to swing the way I want to swing, as long as it's manageable that's something we can deal with [...] It felt like I was able to do that today... Structurally everything looks good. They don't feel like I'm in danger of doing anymore damage or anything like that."

After being placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday (retroactive to Monday, April 30), Morneau will be able to return to the lineup on May 16. However, he and the organization have yet to begin discussions on a specific return date:

"We haven't really discussed it yet. Today was just the first step in getting out there swinging and taking batting practice on the field. Hopefully it feels good the rest of the day and go out tomorrow and do the same thing... I don't really have a timeline yet, but I'm hopeful it's sooner than later, that's for sure."

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