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Morneau's health remains Gardenhire's concern

Morneau's health remains Gardenhire's concern

CLEVELAND -- Justin Morneau expressed optimism about a possible return to the field yet this season when he spoke to reporters on Wednesday. But while it was a good sign as Morneau continues to recover from a concussion he suffered on July 7, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said his biggest concern right now is still the first baseman's health.

"When he's talking like he's having some good days, that's all we hope for," Gardenhire said. "I just want him to get healthy again, no matter which way it goes. I would like to see the young man say he feels great again and then we'll worry about the baseball part of it. I'm more concerned about the health of him rather than the baseball part right now."

Morneau told reporters he'd had a number of good days recently and had considered the past week to be a good one. But Gardenhire said that Morneau was still not ready to travel with the team on its current six-game road trip to Cleveland and Chicago. And Gardenhire said he hasn't really even thought about when or if Morneau might be ready to get back on the field.

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"I went by and talked to him the other day, it was about going on the road trip," Gardenhire said. "He had mentioned to somebody that he might want to go on a road trip, but his wife is going to have a baby and he's still not ready to go on a road trip. As I told him, this is about getting healthy. He needs to have 2-3 days in a row where nothing bothers him and he hasn't had that. ... I'm just letting him do his thing."

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