Morneau transitioning nicely back to first base

Morneau transitioning nicely back to first base

MINNEAPOLIS -- Justin Morneau has transitioned back into a regular first-base role without any hitches.

The former American League Most Valuable Player Award winner started his first nine games of the season as Minnesota's designated hitter. But since, Morneau has played 16 times at first compared to just eight times at DH.

"It's great," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I'd like to give him a DH day here and there. But he says first base. He's got a day off tomorrow. Who knows, come the next day at Cleveland, I may play Joe [Mauer] at first base and DH him [Morneau].

"I'll work it out where he'll [Morneau] get back-to-back days DHing. But he likes playing first."

Morneau also seems to feel more comfortable in the batter's box when he's in the lineup as a position player.

"When we talked about it, he feels more into the game," Gardenhire said. "He stays looser that way. And he is into the game. He's very aware out there."