Morneau aiming for Twins' Opening Day lineup

Morneau aiming for Twins' Opening Day lineup

Morneau aiming for Twins' Opening Day lineup
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau still hasn't been officially cleared by doctors to play Opening Day, but said Monday that he plans on being in the lineup when the Twins play the Jays at Rogers Centre on Friday.

"That's the goal," Morneau said. "Everything has gone well, so far. I'm not going to get overly excited or anything else. I can't put more into [it] than what it is, but as of right now, that's the plan."

Morneau, who suffered a season-ending concussion last season on July 7 in Toronto, said he has been in constant contact with doctors this spring, and that they ultimately will decide whether he plays in the regular-season opener.

"If everything continues to go well, they have the final say," said Morneau, who added he'll be in contact with doctors through the first half of the season. "Being honest with my feedback is important. As much as I want to be out there for Opening Day, if something's not right, we're not going to risk it. But so far, everything has been good."

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Morneau finished Grapefruit League play in Florida feeling healthy -- and batted .313 (5-for-16) over his final five games, after starting out the spring going 0-for-13. But he's more satisfied with the way he feels than his results at the plate, and is just excited he's ready to play in exhibition games against the Braves in Atlanta on Tuesday and Wednesday.

"I get to leave with the team, so I'm pretty happy," Morneau said. "So we'll go to Atlanta and see how the trip goes. It's a continuous process with the travel and all that. So hopefully, everything reacts well and continues to go the way it's gone -- so we can go to Toronto for Opening Day. That's the plan."