Justin Morneau is making steady progress in his recovery from a concussion and wrist problems.
And that’s good news for the Minnesota Twins and their fans, who have watched closer Joe Nathan, outfielder Michael Cuddyer and designated hitter Jason Kubel depart in the off-season.
“He’s doing OK in my book,” Twins manager Terry Ryan told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune on Thursday. “He’s been in the ballpark here this past week every morning, and he’s working hard.
“He’s on about the right schedule. He’ll start to swing a bat here in probably another 10 days to two weeks.”
A recent MLB.com story suggested there was much less optimism concerning Morneau, who had his 2011 season cut short in mid-September because of concussion symptoms and a cyst in his left knee that required surgery.
In October, the slugging first baseman from New Westminster, B.C., had surgery to stabilize the tendon in the back of his left wrist.
“I’ve been around him quite a bit [during the workouts]. He’s working hard,” Ryan said. “He’s been in there for about four or five hours a day.”
Morneau, the 2006 American League MVP, played only 69 games last season after missing two months of the season because of neck surgery. He hit .227 with four homers and 30 runs batted in, all career lows.
Morneau was limited to 81 games in 2010 after suffering a concussion shortly before the all-star break.