Justin Morneau starts at 1B in ‘B’ Game
Justin Morneau jus took the field in today’s ‘B’ squad game against the Pittsburg Pirates. He will be starting at 1B and will be batting fourth in the line up. There was nothing said by the Twins before the game, multiple reports started coming out when Morneau took the field for warm ups and was dressed in uniform. This will be the first baseball game that Morneau has played in since recieving his concussion on July 7th of last year in Toronto. At the time, Morneau was on pace for a MVP season. He was batting .345 with 18 HR and 56 RBI in 81 games (348 PA).
This is GREAT news for Twins fans. Morneau’s health is a major key in the AL Central race this year. It would greatly benifit the Twins chances to win their third straight AL Central Championship if a healthy Morneau can return to his 2010 pre concussion form. It appears Morneau is on target to be in the starting line up on Opening Day. Some where starting to wonder (including myself) if it would be possible for him to play Opening Day without having much at bats in Spring Training. That appears to not be an issue now as Morneau should get plenty of time to get into “baseball shape” in time for the April 1st opener at Toronto (ironically, where he was injured last year)
Twins outfielder Delmon Young is the DH and batting third today in a ‘B’ game. It will be Young’s first action during Spring Training since coming to camp with turf toe.