Justin Morneau to miss TwinsFest, will continue workouts in Arizona
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With spring training approaching in less than a month, the Minnesota Twins have decided not to interrupt any potential progress that is currently being made by first baseman Justin Morneau.
General manager Bill Smith told reporters Monday that Morneau - recovering from concussion symptoms since July 7 - will not attend TwinsFest this weekend. Instead, Morneau will continue his workouts in Arizona.
"It's still a work in progress,'' Smith said about Morneau, per the Star Tribune, ''but he has made tremendous progress since the end of the season. That's why I don't want to set that back.''
According to Smith, the Twins don't want to halt Morneau's progress by throwing off his workout routine for three days. Doctors have informed the former MVP to push through any symptoms that pop up.
As of last week, Morneau had not yet added baseball activities to his workout regimen, but under normal circumstances he likely wouldn't pick up a bat until mid- or late-January anyway. He is expected to start swinging, fielding and doing other baseball-related activities before the end of the month.
The Twins and team doctors remain optimistic that Morneau will be ready to go for opening day.