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Morneau's return nearing completion

Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:10 am
Posted by Matt Snyder

It's been a long, long road back from a July 7 concussion for former AL MVP Justin Morneau, but he may be passing his final test very soon.

The Twins star first baseman will visit a specialist in Pittsburgh, a visit which is viewed as "one of his final hurdles," according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune .

Morneau, 29, was kneed in the head last July and hasn't played since then with lingering effects from his concussion. He has been able to take part in team drills and has been wearing sunglasses (as seen in the picture to the right). Apparently he can still swing it, as the Star Tribune reporter notes Morneau has "battered batting practice pitches all over the Lee County Sports Complex."

He was the MVP in 2006 and has made all four All-Star Games since that season. In exactly half a season's worth of games in 2010, Morneau was killing opposing pitchers. He had a career-best 1.055 OPS with 18 home runs and 56 RBI. He was on pace to set career highs in runs, hits, doubles, home runs and walks. Every rate stat (.345/.437/.618) was the best of his career.

It goes without saying what he means to the Twins' lineup, but let's hope for him as a person he can soon put the head injury issues behind him.

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Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 6:19 am

Morneau's return nearing completion

OK, Let's give you 2 concussions over a matter of 3 years and see how you respond. idiot.

Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2011 4:03 pm

Morneau's return nearing completion

Just because it took him awhile to get past his concussion doesn't mean he's soft. I've heard of other athletes in sports that have taken awhile to recover from head injuries. One of my friends brothers played pro hockey in the AHL and got a concussion that lasted a long time for him. I know it's a different sport, but the right kind of hit to the head can cause that. And taking a knee to the head is a pretty hard hit, and would get to anyone. Also, I know the Twins are being very cautious with him and holding him back a lot to make sure that he's fully healed and ready to go for this season

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:23 pm

Morneau's return nearing completion

This must have been the mother of all concussions if it took him seven months to recover. I understand that all concussions need to be taken seriously, but baseball isn't even a contact sport. Is his head made of Kleenex and newspaper?

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:27 pm

Morneau's return nearing completion

Justin has got to be one of the softest BB players on the planet!!

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