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Morneau to return after all?

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08:44 AM ET 09.30 | Justin Morneau is giving Twins fans some hope he may be available in any extended playoff run. For the first time since suffering a concussion on July 7, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau plans to participate in the team's entire pregame routine -- including taking batting practice and fielding ground balls -- before tonight's game against Toronto, manager Ron Gardenhire said Wednesday. "He's had another good day again today. That's about four really good days in a row," Gardenhire said. "This is probably as good as we've heard about Justin, that he's really doing good. We'll see when we get home."

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September 30, 2010  08:47 AM ET

The Twins really need him. Don't see them competing without him.

September 30, 2010  08:48 AM ET

That's good to hear - don't like the Twins, but I'm happy to hear it. This guy must've had a serious, serious concussion.

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September 30, 2010  09:11 AM ET

The best run organization in baseball... and the the best coached team in baseball. How the twins do it, in a small market, makes me want to cry.

sniff, sniff.... effing Mets.

September 30, 2010  10:01 AM ET
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are you sure about that? he is great, but look what the twinkies did without him...only rise to the top of the AL.Never, ever count out the twins...

Morneau is an injury prone **** sniffer

September 30, 2010  10:06 AM ET
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The Twins really need him. Don't see them competing without him.

Agreed. I hope he can get his timing back t the plate as well.

September 30, 2010  11:08 AM ET

Could judt me moral support. Like Pedroia did. a week to get his timing back...not really much use.
maybe, maybe he pinch hits in a key spot. Other than that I don't see it.

September 30, 2010  11:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

The Twins really need him. Don't see them competing without him.

they did just fine down the stretch without him.

September 30, 2010  11:34 AM ET
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That's good to hear - don't like the Twins, but I'm happy to hear it. This guy must've had a serious, serious concussion.

HOW CAN YOU NOT LIKE THE TWINS???

as for the concussion, it was his 4th that was known about.

September 30, 2010  11:37 AM ET
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Could judt me moral support. Like Pedroia did. a week to get his timing back...not really much use.maybe, maybe he pinch hits in a key spot. Other than that I don't see it.

I agree with this. The fielding wouldn't be an issue, but you gotta wonder about the bat speed and timing.

It's one thing to go out and hit BP, but to go out and hit a live 95 mph fastball is another.

September 30, 2010  11:38 AM ET

I just hope he isn't pushing himself. We've learned so much about concussions over the last 5 years (maybe even less), that his long term health is important. He just had his first baby last week.

September 30, 2010  11:38 AM ET

I just hope he isn't pushing himself. We've learned so much about concussions over the last 5 years (maybe even less), that his long term health is important. He just had his first baby last week.

September 30, 2010  12:22 PM ET

Good for him. I hope he gets a lot better.

September 30, 2010  12:48 PM ET

not sure how much he'll be able to give so late in the season with NO ab's leading into playoffs but he would most definitely help the lineup if healthy and back to form. but as great and well run as the Twins are they don't have what it takes to go deep into the playoffs.
pitching wins - WS. and while they are solid all the way around and have guys in their rotation that pound the zone and give their club a chance to win they don't have that guy you can count on for a better than normal chance to win. liriano was that guy early on but he seemed to fizzle towards the end of the year. but it is great to watch this guys play. no whining about how they can't compete &&-wise they just keep putting themselves in a spot to try and prove people wrong....gotta love it!!

September 30, 2010  02:32 PM ET

If Morneau is able to come back it will likley be as a pinch hitter and late inning defensive replacement.

September 30, 2010  03:13 PM ET
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Is his head like an egg? It isn't supposed to get hurt that easily.

He got drilled in the head by a fastball a couple years ago and the prior concussions were from his younger days as a hockey player. The knee to the head in Toronto didn't look like much, but the cumulative effect of multiple concussions is the core of the problem.

September 30, 2010  03:39 PM ET
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If Morneau is able to come back it will likley be as a pinch hitter and late inning defensive replacement.

i agree...pinch hitter only. with Morneau out we have all our bats playing every game. Kubel plays right, Young in Left and Thome at DH etc. we don't have one power hitter coming off the bench. all we have are a bunch of little pansy slap hitters Casilla...Tolbert...Morales..Punto (UUUgh).

September 30, 2010  04:28 PM ET

the twins need not only morneau but mauer as well, at times i wonder if the big contract that mauer sign did affect him? its that why he become injury prone weak body & mind, strong at the bank!

September 30, 2010  05:07 PM ET
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the twins need not only morneau but mauer as well, at times i wonder if the big contract that mauer sign did affect him? its that why he become injury prone weak body & mind, strong at the bank!

Wow...I don't totally understand were this is coming from...Catchers get beat up all the time, buddy. Hell, compared to previous years, Mauer has actually been more healthy than usual this year. His current situation is that his knee was sore and the team (having already secured a playoff berth) are playing it safe and letting him rest and fully heal.

And where are you getting the "weak in the head" bit from?

 
September 30, 2010  07:38 PM ET

go braves!!!!!!!!!!

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