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Justin Morneau finally looks healthy again for the Twins

Apr 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Minnesota didn’t know what to expect from Justin Morneau to begin the season, playing him at designated hitter instead of first base to avoid aggravating concussion symptoms and watching as he hit just .206 with a .623 OPS through nine games.

However, on Monday he felt good enough to play first base for the first time and Morneau also homered in that game. And then last night he homered again … and again.

Morneau went 3-for-4 with two homers versus the Yankees, which was his first multi-homer game since May 31, 2011. And in his fifth plate appearance manager Joe Girardi issued an intentional walk to Morneau, which was his first since June 1, 2011.

He’s hardly out of the woods yet, but for a guy who’s missed most of the past two seasons with concussions and multiple other injuries Morneau’s last 48 hours have been extremely encouraging. Overall for the season he’s now hitting .279 with four homers, two doubles, and a .945 OPS in 11 games.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    It has been a long wait; however, it is great to see him hit home runs again against the Yankees.

  2. shawnuel - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    This is encouraging! While not really a Twins fan, it has been difficult to watch what had been happening to Morneau since he first sustained his concussion. It is not yet appropriate to consider him “Out of the woods” but it sure is nice to see him putting up this type of production. And, as PC above stated, it is always nice to see it against the Yankees!

  3. skeleteeth - Apr 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Always a good sign when power lefties start driving the ball to left-center.

  4. ranoversquarells - Apr 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Don’t know how he is as a person, but it’s good to see him back swinging for the fences.

  5. unlost1 - Apr 19, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    not adding this risk on my fantasy team

    • diehardtwinsfan - Apr 19, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Why not? This is precisely the type of risk you grab in late rounds or off waivers…. Top 5 round upside, low round cost.

  6. fmlizard - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Finally, at long last, a speck of good injury news for Minnesota sports fans. The last 12-18 months I wouldn’t wish on anyone on that front.

    • azvikefan - Apr 19, 2012 at 2:27 PM

      I know all about that. Now the rumors about the Vikes leaving are starting.

      • wilsonramosrescuerangers - Apr 19, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        As a Colts fan living in Minneapolis, I’m just fine with the Vikes leaving. Only good thing about MN teams doing bad is the cheap ticket prices!

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