ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Twins' Morneau ready to start at 1B on opening day

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will be in the lineup on opening day against the Toronto Blue Jays. Morneau missed the last three months of the season with a concussion and played in just eight spring training games whi...

First baseman Justin Morneau
Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau tips his cap as he looks into the Pittsburgh Pirates dugout during the second inning of a spring training baseball game in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday, March 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will be in the lineup on opening day against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Morneau missed the last three months of the season with a concussion and played in just eight spring training games while working his way back. But Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Thursday that he recently spoke to Morneau, and the former AL MVP said he was ready to go.

Gardenhire said he may give Morneau more rest at the start of this season. With Jim Thome on the bench, he has options for Morneau's cleanup spot when he is not in the lineup.

The Twins open the season on Friday in Toronto. That's where Morneau was injured on July 7 while trying to break up a double play.

Related Topics: BASEBALL
What To Read Next
Regional and local scores and schedules.
Regional and local scores and schedules.
Halftime sharpshooter overshadows Minot Ryan victory over South Prairie in North Dakota Class B basketball
Area recreation scores and schedules.