MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins manager Ron Gardenhire had never seen a season quite like 2011 in regard to injuries. Heck, he even had an Achilles' injury at one point in the season.
As the health of the Minnesota Twins dwindled, so too did the wins. From the first week of the season until the last game of the year, Gardenhire never had a full squad on the field as the Twins finished 63-99, last in the American League Central.
So as the team turns the page on 2011 and prepares for 2012 -- beginning this weekend with TwinsFest at the Metrodome -- Gardenhire is hopeful for a healthy year ahead. That means the return of former MVPs Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, both of whom missed significant time last year.
"The big question's our health," Gardenhire said Friday. "If Morneau's there, he's my first baseman. If Mauer's there, he's our catcher. If that doesn't look like it's going to work out and somebody tells me that they don't think this is the right way to go, then we'll have to do some ad-...