Morneau News Finally Encouraging

Justin Morneau
Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau, left, suffered a concussion on this play in Toronto. Associated Press photo

Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau – out since a concussion suffered in early July – appears to be making some progress in his recovery.

Morneau took batting practice and field ground balls with his teammates Thursday at Target Field prior to the Twins’ game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

It’s one step in the recovery for Morneau, but an encouraging step nonetheless. At the very least, you hope this guy can go back to living a normal, healthy life as quickly as possible.

Morneau ruled himself out for the American League Division Series, but he said he hopes to be ready to go by the American League Championship Series if the Twins are able to advance to it for the first time since 2002.

It’s hard to say what kind of an impact Morneau could have on this team, considering he hasn’t faced any live hitting in three months and there’s no opportunity for a rehab assignment. But if he’s ready to go, rusty or not, there’s no question he could help.

At the very least, Morneau would be a big upgrade over Jose Morales or Alexi Casilla or whoever else the Twins plan to use as pinch-hitters in the postseason.

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