March 8, 2011
(Kelly Thesier of MLB.com snapped a picture before his first at-bat.)
Justin Morneau played in a "B" game against the Pirates today, returning to any lineup for the first time since suffering a concussion eight months ago. While it's still premature to say that he's completely out of the woods, this marks the biggest step in his recovery since the collision at second base with John McDonald on July 7 and dramatically increases Morneau's odds of being in the Opening Day lineup three weeks from now. Great news.
Not to be overshadowed by the big Morneau news, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has decided to fight back against the millions and millions of people who confuse him for Al Newman on an hourly basis. You decide: Twins beat reporter or 80s/90s utility infielder?