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Justin Morneau vows to be ready for spring training

Nov 27, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

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Justin Morneau was cleared to resume workouts earlier this week, but the encouraging news doesn’t end there.

At the team’s winter coat drive at Target Field earlier today, Morneau told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he expects to be ready for spring training.

“There’s not a doubt in my mind. I’ll be ready for spring.”

Morneau suffered a concussion on July 7 after taking a knee to the head on a slide into second base and missed the final three months of the regular season and the playoffs as a result. He was batting .345/.437/.618 with 18 homers, 56 RBI and a 1.055 OPS at the time of the injury.

It’s easy to wonder what could have been, but the team’s offense was still pretty darn good without him during the second half of the season. They were second in the American League in runs, hits, doubles, batting average and on-base percentage, third in OPS and fourth in slugging percentage. Still, getting Morneau back at (hopefully) full strength is akin to a big money free agent signing.

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