Gardenhire: Morneau feeling really good

Gardenhire: Morneau feeling really good

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins didn't have much of an update on first baseman Justin Morneau, who was at Target Field working out again on Friday as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered on July 7.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said that Morneau told the skipper on Friday that he's feeling really good. But Gardenhire knows that even if Morneau tells the team that he's ready to play, there is still a lot of rust to shake off from such a long layoff.

During a radio appearance on ESPN 1500 AM on Friday afternoon, Gardenhire was asked about Manny Ramirez and the slugger's limited production since joining the White Sox. Gardenhire mentioned a conversation that took place between first baseman Michael Cuddyer and Ramirez during the series at Chicago this week where Ramirez talked about the difficulty of not having hit in two months due to sitting out with injuries.

"That just tells you about how hard this game is," Gardenhire said. "You sit out for two months and all of a sudden you come back and start facing Major League pitching right away. That's not easy to do. There is some work ahead for Manny and if Morneau were to decide that he's ready to get out here and start doing some things, there is a lot of work to be done -- body wise, ground balls wise, everything. He's been out for over two months."

As for whether the Twins could still get Morneau back at some point this season, Gardenhire said that he didn't really have an idea.

"We'll let it happen as it happens," Gardenhire said. "If it happens, we'll figure out something and see what we can do. If it works out great, if it doesn't, it doesn't."