Healthy Morneau ready for Spring Training

8:12 PM, Jan 11, 2011   |    comments
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NEW WESTMINSTER, Canada -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said he is feeling good after suffering a concussion in early July and missing the second half of the 2010 season. Morneau spoke to Vancouver's GlobalTV at a charity bowling event with the Vancouver Canucks in Morneau's hometown last week. 

The 2006 American League MVP said his recovery process is going great. 

"Of course, there's always concerns," Morneau added.  "It's something that seemed as minor as it did that hangs around that long going, 'if I slide, what happens?' But you can't worry about 'what if?'"

The 29-year-old also compared his experience with that of former Wild defenseman Willie Mitchell, currently with the Los Angeles Kings, and said his concussion was not initially as bad as Mitchell's.  Morneau also named former Twins third baseman Corey Koskie as someone he spoke with in the recovery process.

Morneau does anticipate to be in Fort Myers, Florida, on time for Spring Training.  Pitchers and catchers report February 17 and the first full-squad workouts are Wednesday, February 22.

Morneau appeared in 81 games last season, hitting 18 homeruns with a .345 batting average.  He was named to the American League All-Star team but did not play in the game after suffering the concussion just days earlier.

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