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Justin Morneau: “Nothing really new to report” on comeback from concussion

Nov 5, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

John McDonald; Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau sat out the final three months of the regular season after suffering a concussion on July 7. He started working out and taking batting practice in September, leading to some optimism that he could come back for the playoffs, but those hopes were quickly dashed when the post-concussion symptoms returned and he was shut down again.

General manager Bill Smith said earlier this week that Morneau was feeling better but hadn’t resumed working out yet, and today the former MVP gave Kelly Thesier of MLB.com a first-hand update on his status:

For the people that want to know how I’m doing, there is nothing really new to report. I’m feeling a lot better but I haven’t really done much so it’s still hard to tell. There’s no reason to start working out yet. Normally I would start my workouts between Nov. 1 and 15th so I’m not behind schedule at all. I expect to be ready and 100 percent well before spring training.

Until he can work out for multiple days in a row without any of the symptoms returning Morneau will remain a huge question mark for 2011 and beyond, and unfortunately so far he hasn’t been able to do that yet four months after the concussion.

  1. BC - Nov 5, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Hopefully he doesn’t end up like Merrill Hoge.

  2. jstrizzle - Nov 5, 2010 at 4:32 PM

    It is funny to read this because if you jump on Profootballtalk’s board you listen to all the commentators gripe about the push for higher safety in the NFL. I think this, while it is a different sport, kinda helps prove the seriousness of these types of injuries. Get well soon Morneau.

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