Morneau says 'everything's good' but there is 'still a risk of injury'
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau visited with doctors on Tuesday for the first time since beginning spring-training workouts here on Feb. 22.
Morneau said he continues to show improvements, and he will continue his workouts with the full squad, but as of right now, the first baseman has not yet been cleared for game activity.
In other words, no setback. But hurdles still remain.
"No game action, no activity where I could be in danger," Morneau said. "There's still a risk of injury.
"We said we were going to come down to spring training, see how it goes ... Still progressing, everything is still going good. It wasn't like, 'Hey, we're going to run out if something happens and see the doctor.' It was something that was planned, and it was planned for a while."
Morneau added, "Everything's going good. We're going to continue what we're doing. When we're cleared for games, you'll see me in the lineup. Until I'm cleared for games, there's no time table, no nothing. Test results, everything is still improving. I'm not all the way there yet, but it's a lot closer than it was."
Morneau has been facing live pitching and going through team workouts for a week, looking like his old self at the plate and in the field -- at least, as much as spring training activities will allow.
The first baseman has been wearing a helmet and sunglasses during batting practice for precautionary reasons, and he said things are "reacting well since I got down here."
"We'll just see how things are going," Morneau said. "If I feel like things are getting through every day symptom-free without any headaches, without any fogginess, without anything, when we have that more than one or two days in a row or whatever it is, we'll go and hopefully get cleared. When that is, I can't tell you. I don't know. I have no idea."