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MINNEAPOLIS In 2008, Twins first baseman Justin Morneau played in all 162 regular-season games plus a Game 163. He was Minnesota's iron man after having played 157 games in the previous two seasons.Since then, however, Morneau has not finished a season healthy. In 2009, it was a back injury. The 2010 season was cut short after 81 games due to a concussion. And last year, Morneau suffered from multiple ailments, including a strained wrist, a pinched nerve in his neck and recurring concussion symptoms.The injuries have been out of Morneau's control, but they've certainly frustrated the 2006 American League MVP. Minnesota will need a healthy Morneau in 2012 if it wants to bounce back from its 99-loss season in 2011."The big question is our health," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said this weekend at the team's annual winter fan event. "If Morneau's there, he's my first baseman."Morneau suffered a concussion on July 7, 2010, while sliding into second base against the Blue Jays. During th...
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