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Updated: July 30th, 2010 6:04pm
Notebook: No target return date yet for Justin Morneau

Notebook: No target return date yet for Justin Morneau

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau issued a statement to reporters on Friday to update his current concussion situation.

Morneau, who has been sidelined since July 7, said, "I'm progressing slowly. Obviously not as quickly as we'd like. There's no target for a return date, just take it day by day."

Here's the rest of Morneau's statement:

"We're taking small steps. Activity has been pretty limited, but we're kind of increasing slowly every day, just sort of went through the warm-up today that we normally do; stretching, that kind of stuff, played some catch, took some swings off the tee, 20 to 25 swings. It's felt pretty good so far, but the problems haven't really been during activity, it's been a couple hours after.

"We'll kind of wait to see how the rest of the day reacts, and if it goes good then we'll do a little bit more tomorrow, just kind of keep going from there. I think I've set goals as this thing has been going. I think that's put a little bit more stress on me. I originally wanted to be back after the All-Star break, and that's kind of trying to rush things a little bit, then trying to be back when it was time to come off the DL... Now I've just kind of come to terms with it.

"We've taken this long, we're going to wait until it's better, and we're not going to rush back, and when it's better it's better and we'll be happy, and we'll be out there for the rest of the season playing.

When asked about his spirits, Morneau said, "Good, when we win."

"I listened to (Twins TV play-by-play man) Dick (Bremer) say, 'Morneau's got to be frustrated sitting at home watching the team score 17 runs in Kansas City. I said, 'Why would that be frustrating? It's frustrating watching us lose.'

"It's frustrating, but it's been a lot more positive this week. We're seeing progress, and it's been obviously longer than we'd like, but to see progress still is good."

NOTES

* New Twins closer Matt Capps will wear number 55. When asked about his struggles in 2009, Capps said, "I think it's just attacking the strike zone. Last year I was elevating the ball a little bit, and it didn't work out too well. It doesn't matter how hard you throw it. Location and a little bit of movement are a little more important than velocity."

The Pirates declined to offer arbitration to Capps this past offseason after the 26-year-old righty posted a 5.80 ERA with a 4.90 FIP in 2009.

Those numbers have improved to 2.74 and 3.46, respectively, in 2010. That said, Capps admitted he hasn't really played in any meaningful, late-season games since his minor league days.

* Capps isn't really friends with any current Twins palyers, but he is good friends with former Twin Doug Mientkiewicz. Capps played with Mientkiewicz in Pittsburgh in 2008.

* Shortstop Trevor Plouffe, who was recalled from Class-AAA Rochester on Friday to replace the injured Nick Punto, did not play in Rochester's game on Thursday night due to a bout with the flu.

"As soon as we called him up, that's a great remedy," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "You get well real quick."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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