Tag:Justin Morneau
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:19 am
 

Morneau unhappy with Target's dimensions

Justin Morneau On Wednesday, the Twins announced improvements to Target Field, and they were all geared toward fans -- a new scoreboard, more food choices and free Wi-Fi at the park. The one thing they didn't change was the way the field plays for the players, and first baseman Justin Morneau said Thursday he and his teammates were "very disappointed" the fences weren't moved in.

The Twins hit 52 home runs at Target Field in 2010 and 90 on the road. Their pitchers allowed 64 at home and 91 on the road, making it the toughest park to homer in in the majors.

"Right-center to left-center is ridiculous," Morenau said in an e-mail to the Star-Tribune. "[It's almost impossible for a right-handed hitter to [homer to the] opposite field and very difficult for lefties. It affects the hitters a lot, and you start to develop bad habits as a hitter when you feel like you can only pull the ball to hit it over the fence. You take those habits on the road."

Team president Dave St. Peter noted the Twins had an American League-best 53-28 record at home, while they were 41-40 on the road.

"We had a lot of discussions in the clubhouse with the manager and general manager, but right now there is no plan to alter the dimensions," St. Peter told the newspaper. "We have to remember we won 53 games in this place, so I think we liked how Target Field played."

Morneau conceded that point, and also stressed he hoped he didn't sound selfish, but was thinking about the team's future success.

"I think we had a team built around power and offense and were not able to take full advantage of it," Morneau said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 5, 2010 6:02 pm
 

Morneau: 'nothing really new to report'

Justin Morneau tells MLB.com's Kelly Thesier that he's doing well and not much has changed since the end of the season.

Morneau missed the second half of the season with a concussion. In an e-mail to Theiser, Morneau wrote:
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.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:45 am
 

Monreau improving, says friend

Willie Mitchell Twins first baseman Justin Morneau is expected to be 100 percent by spring training, Twins general manager Bill Smith told Le Velle Neal III of the Star Tribune .

The Star Tribune 's hockey writer, Michael Russo, spoke to Willie Mitchell, a Los Angeles Kings defenseman and good friend of Morneau, about the Twins first baseman. Mitchell, pictured, had his 2009-10 season cut short with a concussion, so in addition to being Morneau's friend, he also has a unique view on Morneau's situation.

"Justin's starting to feel better because he doesn't have all the pressure and stresses," Mitchell said.

Justin Morneau Morneau didn't play after suffering a concussion on July 7 when he was hit in the head by the knee of Toronto's John McDonald at second base. Morneau worked out at Target Field the last week of the season, but wasn't going to play in the postseason regardless.

"He's a really, really passionate guy and he loves the game of baseball, and his experience was almost identical to mine," Mitchell said. "He has his injury, starts to feel a little better, wants to start doing stuff and wants to help out the team because he cares. It was the best time of the year, the stretch run, the playoffs, he tries and he couldn't do it."

Mitchell said he thinks Morneau will be able to recover better now that the season is over and he's not worried about getting back to help out his team.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 12:49 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Morneau out for postseason

Justin Morneau The Twins have announced that Justin Morneau will not return for the postseason.

Morneau had worked out with the team the last week of the season, but manager Ron Gardenhire continually warned against reading too much into his return.

On Monday, the team made it official, saying Morneau didn't suffer any setbacks, just the team didn't want to rush him. (Via the Star Tribune's Joe Christensen on Twitter .)

Morneau didn't play since suffering a concussion on July 7 in Toronto.

UPDATE: From Christenesen , general manager Bill Smith said trying to get Morneau ready for the ALDS and World Series in two weeks would be "accelerating the process too quickly."

Morneau said he's concentrating on getting back for next season.

"If we just kind of eliminate all the question marks, hopefully when we get into November, I can get on my regular workout program, have a couple weeks off after the season's over, and get back into my program … so we're completely ready for spring training," Morneau said.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 1, 2010 10:00 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2010 10:45 pm
 

Morneau's workout goes well

Justin Morneau Justin Morneau's Thursday workout went well, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told MLB.com's Kelly Theiser .

"Everything went great. He felt great," Gardenhire said. "He did a lot of work yesterday."

Morneau didn't work out Friday.

The Twins have already said Morneau wouldn't be available for the first round of the playoffs, but the ALCS could be a different story.

Morneau hasn't played since suffering a concussion on July 7.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:52 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 4:46 pm
 

Morneau to work out with Twins

Justin Morneau Twins manager Ron Gardenhire warns not to read too much into the fact Justin Morneau will work out with the team on Thursday, but it does have to be a positive sign.

"He's going to work with us not he field and take some ground balls and hit some BP, and there's no sense in going any farther than that," Gardenhire told reporters, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press ' Kelsie Smith . "People want to know [when he'll be back]. We want to know, too. But let's let him work out.

"Does it make a difference if he's with us? That's an obvious. Goodness gracious, if you had a Justin Morneau in your lineup, that'd be wonderful. BUt he hasn't played in 2 1/2 months and all of a sudden he's going to make the playoff roster and play? You're jumping the gun."

Morneau hasn't played since suffering a concussion on July 7. He is expected to take batting practice and field ground balls before Thursday's game against Toronto at Target Field. The Twins return from Kansas City tonight.

The Twins could certainly use a healthy Morneau in the playoffs, but at this point, it seems tough to expect him to be in MVP form after not playing for nearly three months. Gardenhire said Morneau still has "a long way to go."

However, the Twins should be applauded for taking every precaution with Morneau and his injury, especially since it isn't his first concussion, and so much is still unknown about the effects of concussions.

The Twins also expect to get Joe Mauer back in the lineup on Thursday. He worked out with the team and expects to serve as the team's designated hitter against the Blue Jays, MLB.com's Robert Falkoff writes .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Morneau unlikely to play again in 2010

Justin Morneau Justin Morneau is unlikely to return to the Twins in time for the regular season, and the postseason is doubtful as well.

"I don't see how it can possibly happen for him," manager Ron Gardenhire told Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500 . Morneau suffered a concussion earlier this season, last playing July 7 of a season shaping up to be MVP-caliber.

In 348 plate appearances, Morneau had 18 home runs and a .345/.437/.618 line anchoring the middle of the Twins' order.

Gardenhire did say Morneau has been improving as of late, but time is simply running out.

The Twins have moved forward by slotting Michael Cuddyer in first base, shifting from right field. Jason Kubel and Delmon Young have seen increased playing time in the outfield as well while Jim Thome adds to his Hall of Fame career by receiving the bulk of starts at designated hitter.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:25 am
 

Mauer to get an MRI today

Joe Mauer The Twins will no doubt be holding their collective breath today as catcher Joe Mauer gets an MRI on his balky left knee today.

"He was a little sore [Monday], which was expected, but still no swelling," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Star Tribune 's Joe Christensen . "I think he's going to get an MRI, and we'll see what they say. [Team doctors] don't expect anything, but we're going to get checked out."

Mauer had surgery as a rookie to remove torn meniscus from the same knee.

He left Sunday's game in the sixth inning, but didn't take batting practice on Monday.

The Twins, already without Justin Morneau, would be hobbled in the postseason without their pair of former MVPs. Mauer is hitting .331/.407/.473 with nine home runs and 74 RBI. Morneau hasn't played since suffering a concussion on July 7.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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