During Sunday’s game against the Tigers, Morneau dove for a ball hit down the first base line by Alex Avila. When Morneau landed, he seems to have caused enough impact to reactivate his concussion symptoms.
While this may have been a routine enough event for most, Morneau has a history of concussions. The former MVP was sidelined for the last half of the 2010 season after taking a knee to the head during a play at second base. For that reason, Minnesota is being very conservative with Morneau when it comes to anything concussion related.
After complaining of a headache Monday, Morneau met with trainers to undergo concussion tests. Nothing severe was discovered, but it was concluded that Morneau is dealing with mild concussion symptoms. The slugger will now take a few days off before he is reevaluated later this week.
Morneau just returned for the Twins August 12th after being out two months with a pinched nerve in his neck. For the year, Morneau has only played in 69 games for Minnesota and you have to look no farther than his stat line to know he’s been hampered by injuries.
Over his 264 at bats this season, Morneau has only hit at a clip of .227/.285/.333 with 20 extra base hits and 30 RBI’s. At this point I’m sure the Twins would be happy to just have a healthy Morneau ready to go for the 2012 season.
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