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Morneau set to begin baseball activities

Morneau set to begin baseball activities

Morneau set to begin baseball activities
MINNEAPOLIS -- Less than three weeks since having surgery to relieve a pinched nerve in his neck, Justin Morneau will begin baseball activities this week.

Twins head trainer Rick McWane gave an update on Morneau's progress Monday morning, and he said Morneau played catch Sunday without any issues.

"He'll take some grounders," McWane said. "Swinging a bat will be the last thing, but he's ready to take ground balls, play catch and run around."

Morneau had the surgery on June 29 and was expected to be out at least six weeks, a timeframe that would have Morneau back in action for the Twins no earlier than mid-August.

His current progress seems like it may be ahead of schedule, but it remains unclear whether it actually is.

"Maybe a little," McWane said, "but it's kind of early to say until he starts swinging."

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