Found January 26, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
It is TwinsFest weekend at the old Metrodome, where fans get the chance to see and buy all sorts of memorabilia, test their baseball skills, and actually meet some of their on-field heroes.  Approximately 60 former and current Twins are scheduled to appear during the three-day gathering.  Justin Morneau is there hoping to be looked upon as a current and future Twins star, not a relic.  After suffering the lingering effects of a concussion incurred in July 2010, Morneau's performance and health deteriorated.  Following surgeries to his neck, left knee, and right foot, the 6'4" 220 lb. first baseman hoped to return to form in 2012.  His left wrist, however, which was also operated on in September of 2011to stabilize a tendon, continued to nag him through the season. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com had the opportunity to speak to the former AL MVP. Justin said his surgically repaired left wrist took a little time to calm down after the season, but it has not bothered him since he started his off-season regimen in early November. Asked if this is the best he has felt in an off-season, Morneau's measured response was "I feel strong, but I'm not going to use the cliché of 'It's the best I've ever felt' or 'I'm in the best shape of my life' or whatever," Morneau said. "But I feel good and feel like I have in the past to help me prepare.” Nearing his 32 birthday, Morneau feels he can once again produce like he did from his award winning 2006 season until the concussion occurred in midseason 2010.  "It's something that I expect. I'm still young enough to produce and to produce the way I expect myself to", said the British Columbian Native.  He expects to start that production for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Still, Justin has been involved in trade rumors throughout the winter.  The Twins had been perennial playoff contenders since Morneaus' call up in 2003.  However, they lost 99 and 96 games the last two seasons, and with Morneau still needing to prove he can hit as before, they may consider trading him while there are still offers to be had, either in spring training or before the July trade deadline. On that possibility, the four-time All-Star, entering the final year of his contract ($14 million for 2013), said, "I'd rather think that we're adding players at the deadline at this point than trading anybody.... Whenever the deadline comes, that won't really be up to me. It's something where we're hopefully playing well enough where we're adding players and don't even have to think about that."  Morneau is a Twins fans' favorite... those TwinFest attendees are hoping Justin's comments are prescient. Follow @mlbinjurynews !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="http://www.mlbinjurynews.com//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); var _gaq = _gaq || []; _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-34100676-1']); _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); (function() { var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); })();
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