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Justin Morneau is healthy and hitting well after missing nine months with concussion

Apr 5, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

Justin Morneau

Justin Morneau went just 1-for-10 in the Twins’ opening series against the Blue Jays, but there were plenty of reasons for optimism following his first game action in nine months.

Morneau played all three games in his long-delayed comeback from a July concussion, struck out just once, and made three or four loud outs on hard-hit balls to the outfield, including a near-double caught in the left-center field gap and a near-homer hauled in at the warning track.

And then last night he finally got some hits to drop, going 2-for-4 with a well-struck double versus the Yankees. Morneau’s timing may not be all the way back to where it was, but his swing definitely looks good enough that durability and overall health remain far bigger question marks than his bat. If he’s able to stay in the lineup consistently, he’ll hit.

  1. minnesconsin - Apr 5, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    i agree. scoffed at LaVelle E. Neal’s tweet last night, “Morneau’s timing isn’t there. He got two pitches over the heart of the plate. He pop fouled one, popped out there other. #stribtwins.”

    morneau looks fine to me. you’re not going to hit every mistake out of the park, so it drives me crazy when guys make snap judgements like that — particularly on a night when he went 2 -for-4.

  2. atribecalledtwolves - Apr 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    The line-ups out and he’s getting the day off. I hope he comes firing back tomorrow.

  3. bigharold - Apr 5, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    It’s good to see him back. I hope he starts tearing the cover off the ball, Friday, .. just as soon as he leaves NY.

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