MINNEAPOLIS -- There still is no timetable for when Justin Morneau might be able to return to the Twins, as the first baseman continues to work out daily at Target Field while recovering from the concussion he suffered on July 7. But manager Ron Gardenhire made it clear Saturday that the end of the Minor League season won't be a deadline of sorts for Morneau's return.
Gardenhire had heard about comments that Mets manager Jerry Manuel made on Friday that it would be difficult for Mets outfielder Jason Bay, who is also currently sidelined with a concussion, to return to his team without taking part in a Minor League rehab assignment. The season for Minor League teams usually ends in late August or early September.
The hope has been that Morneau would be able to take part in a Minor League rehab when he's ready to start playing again. However, if Morneau isn't ready to start playing games until after the Minor League season is over, Gardenhire said they would find a way for Morneau to see live pitching and get at-bats.
"I'll find pitchers to throw to him," Gardenhire said. "If we are going to rehab the guy, we will get pitching in here to throw to him. No matter what the timetable is, if he needs at-bats we'll figure out a way. That's why you have an organization. We can get people in here to throw."
But Gardenhire stressed that all of that would come once Morneau is ready and feeling great. Right now the team continues to have Morneau work out as much as he can with no pressure or timetable for when his next step might come.