The Twins' first baseman has reduced the number of swings he takes daily in batting practice in exchange for -- hopefully -- better durability. Morneau said he's only taking 10-20 less swings. But even a small decrease allows more rest for the sore left wrist that put him on the 15-day disabled list earlier this month.
"Hopefully it's something that will help the soreness and the rest of that stuff," Morneau said. "Right now, I feel pretty good."
Morneau's recent numbers reflect that. He is hitting .290 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in eight games since returning from the DL on May 16. Prior to his DL stint, he hit just .230 with four home runs and nine RBIs in 20 games.
This new approach goes against the 31-year-old's nature. Morneau normally likes to take as many swings as possible, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.
"We have to calm him down," Gardenhire said. "If he goes 0-for, he'd like to go out and take 200 more swings. He's a worker."
As tempting as the extra work may be sometimes, Morneau said managing his wrist will be a balancing act.
"There's times when you feel like you need to put in a lot of extra work to get where you need to be, and I'm just going to have to avoid that," he said. "So it's one of those things where it's a fine line of working hard and not trying to do too much."