Day 6: First official day of full workouts
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins held their first official workout with position players today with all but one of the 67 players in camp taking part in the action.
Only infielder Michael Holliman — who was out with flu-like symptoms — missed the initial workout. Even infielder Luke Hughes, who had a cortisone shot injected into his strained right shoulder on Wednesday, caught some throws at first base.
But the big news, of course, was the arrival of Justin Morneau and his first day of working out. Morneau got through the workouts just fine, as he fielded ground balls, threw and took batting practice at Hammond Stadium.
He also talked with the media before the workout, and had some very interesting things to say. Here’s the full story here, and the money quote about how if he continues to suffer from concussion-like symptoms, he could walk away from baseball:
“I don’t think there will be a career if it’s something I’m dealing with,” Morneau said. “That’s the reality of the whole thing. I’m obviously not going to continue to mess around with this if it continues to be a problem. There comes a point where you can only torture yourself for so long. It’s something I love to do but you keep preparing and you keep being left out, that’s something that nobody wants to go through.
“It’s been a tough winter that way. I try not to think about that kind of stuff. Obviously it’s crossed my mind and it’s something I’ve had to think about but when that stuff comes into my mind I continue to look for something positive, and look how far I’ve come in the last week or in the last month and just hope it continues to go well.”
Other notes from today:
– Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said his opening speech this morning went well. He joked that he was like a preacher out there, and never got fired up. The overall message was that the club needs to focus on what it can control and not worry about outside influences and media expectations.
– Reliever Glen Perkins, who is the club’s new union representative this year, said he was troubled by the fact that Ryan Braun’s initial positive test results were made public before he ultimately appealed and saw his 50-game suspension overturned: “He appealed and won, but he still lost. For me, the shame is the worst part, so it stinks that he has to go through everything as if he got busted; he just doesn’t have to serve the 50-game suspension. I guess the flaw is that somehow, some way it got out. I don’t know who leaked it. He got exonerated from the suspension but he didn’t get cleared.”
– Unlike the early workouts only 15 pitchers threw on Friday, including Francisco Liriano. But several pitchers including Aaron Thompson and Phil Dumatrait threw live batting practice sessions. Some hitters such as Danny Valencia and Drew Butera took swings, but others such as Justin Morneau and Josh Willngham just stood at the plate to work on their timing and to track pitches.
Photos from today’s workout: