Morneau making slow, steady progress

Morneau making slow, steady progress

BALTIMORE -- Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire and injured first baseman Justin Morneau exchanged text messages Friday, and Gardenhire said Morneau is making slow but steady progress in his recovery from a concussion.

"He's feeling better," Gardenhire said. "He's at the ballpark. He's actually getting really motivated to push through this thing and see where he's at. We knew there would come a time when he'd get anxious and I think he's there. He's feeling better."

Gardenhire said Morneau has been working out lightly in the Twins' clubhouse at Target Field. Friday's workout lasted four hours, the manager said.

"He's had 24 to 48 hours to where he's feeling good," Gardenhire said. "So that's good."

Gardenhire cautioned that Morneau isn't anywhere near ready to be activated. Morneau has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 16, retroactive to July 8. The injury occurred when Morneau was kneed in the head by Toronto's John McDonald while trying to break up a double play.

"He'll have to take some swings," Gardenhire said. "He'll have to go through the workouts -- get out on the field and take ground balls. He'll do all that stuff, probably by the time we get back home, I'm guessing -- unless he decides he wants to fly to Kansas City and work it out there. ... We just have to wait day by day and see where he's at."