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One day before official team workouts begin, the Minnesota Twins welcomed first baseman Justin Morneau, who arrived to camp Thursday. Things will start to get interesting Friday when position players join the pitchers and catchers in full-team workouts. In all, Minnesota will have 67 players in Fort Myers, Fla., this year for spring training.FOXSportsNorth.com will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida
until March 4, when Tyler Mason will begin covering the team in Fort Myers. Here's a look at some of Thursday's storylines from camp:Nishioka could see time at third base: Tsuyoshi Nishioka split time last season between shortstop and second base, but after struggling offensively and defensively last year as a starter, Nishioka could be relegated to a back-up role in 2012.With the possibility of being a utility infielder in his future, Nishioka could see time at third base during spring training, Twins general manager Terry Ryan told reporters Thursday."He's a shortstop who can play second, and we'll probably give him some exposure at third," Ryan said, according to MLB.com. "I did see him for the first time visually today, and he's noticeably stronger in the bottom half. I think that's apparent. But the transition has to be smoother. He's been here, he's been around us and has been around the league and the staff."
Gardenhire, Ryan will meet with team Friday: Ryan told reporters Thursday that he and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will address the team on Friday, the first day of official team workouts. The purpose, Ryan said, is to clear the air after Minnesota's injury-plagued 99-loss season in 2011.I guess my biggest theme or message would be the importance of health, Ryan said to reporters. You can talk all you want down here about going through fundamentals and games and trying to make the club, but the one thing you want to make sure is that you have a chance stay on the diamond so we can evaluate you."
Twins bring in another catcher: With such a high number of pitchers in spring training this year, the Twins added another catcher, Danny Rams, to help catch Minnesota's pitchers.We've got so many pitchers, we needed another catcher, believe it or not, Ryan said, according to the Pioneer Press.
Rams, 23, was the Twins' second-round pick in the 2007 draft. He spent most of the 2011 season at Class A Fort Myers but did play four games with Double-A New Britain.Twins will honor 2002 team during home opener: After winning the World Series in 1991, the Twins went a decade without winning the American League Central. Minnesota went through a drought of eight losing seasons in 10 years. But the 2002 team put an end to that, winning the AL Central with a 94-67 record.Now, that '02 team will be honored during the Twins' 2012 home opener on April 9, the Pioneer Press reports. The Twins host the Los Angeles Angels to open their home season at Target Field. On that Angels team is outfielder Torii Hunter, a key piece to Minnesota's division-winning team in 2002.
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Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tsuyoshi Nishioka could see some time at third base in Spring Training as he prepares for a utility role.
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JON KRAWCZYNSKI AP Baseball Writer Tsuyoshi Nishioka walked into the clubhouse at the Minnesota Twins spring training complex for the first time last year, and a hush fell over the room. A dozen Japanese reporters and cameramen followed behind as Nishioka shook hands with every player, one at a time.
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Justin Morneau is healthy and ready to go for the Minnesota Twins. But he knows there are no guarantees that the concussion issues of the last two seasons are over.
Morneau says he'll fully participate during the team's first full-squad workout on Friday. He says he's been working out without any problems, but will ease into practice early in spring training.
Justin Morneau has reported for duty for Minnesota Twins spring training.
The slugger visited the team's spring training facility in Fort Myers, Fla., on Thursday, one day before the team is scheduled to hold its first full-squad workout.
Morneau has missed 174 games the last two seasons because of a concussion and injuries to his shoulder, neck, wrist and foot.
Several more Twins players reported to spring training in Fort Myers on Tuesday, although four players have not yet reported. That includes first baseman Justin Morneau, who missed the end of the last three seasons. Position players have until Thursday to report to camp, and full-team workouts begin Friday.
FOXSportsNorth.com will track reports from the news outlets already in Florida...
Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will join the team for its first workout Friday and is not expected to face any health restrictions.
Morneau has had each of his last two seasons derailed by injuries, appearing in 150 games over that span.
The 2006 American League MVP was limited to 69 games last season, batting .227 with four homers and 30 RBIs.
He underwent surgery...
The Minnesota Twins are facing the harsh reality that they may be without the services of former MVP Justin Morneau, and it may not be just for the short term. The Twins’ first baseman told reporters that the same concussion symptoms that have been plaguing him for the past few seasons may be enough to force him to contemplate retirement.
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FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Morneau arrived at spring training for the Minnesota Twins hopeful that his concussion issues are finally behind him. However, the former AL MVP isn't making any guarantees because he knows he doesn't have many more treatment and recovery periods left in him.
Morneau has missed 174 games over the past two seasons, mostly because of concussions...
Twins first baseman Justin Morneau made his first appearance at big league camp on Thursday, and he is expected to participate in the club's first official workout on Friday.
Justin Morneau went through a full roster workout on the Twins' first full practice at spring training. Before practice he told the media although he's feeling well now, his persistent concussion symptoms could keep him out of the game if they return.
Justin Morneau spoke on Friday morning in Fort Myers, and if you get past the usual optimism that every athlete offers when dealing with injuries, the news was not good.
FORT MYERS, FLA. (AP) - The optimism that permeates most big league players when they start spring training wasn't quite there for Justin Morneau on Friday. There certainly wasn't pessimism, either, for the former AL MVP who is coming off another injury-plagued season.At this point in the Minnesota Twins first ...
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