Morneau excited to be playing in September

Morneau excited to be playing in September

Morneau excited to be playing in September
MINNEAPOLIS -- The month of September hasn't always been kind to Twins first baseman Justin Morneau.

Entering this season, Morneau had played in just 11 total games in September over the last three years, as he missed all of September in 2010 and '11 with concussion-like symptoms stemming from his initial concussion suffered on July 7, 2010.

But Morneau has remained healthy this year -- aside from a 15-day stint on the disabled list in early May with soreness in his left wrist -- as he's played in 116 of the club's 140 games.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he'll try to find some time for Morneau to serve as designated hitter or give him an occasional day off this month, but that Morneau likes being in the lineup.

"I've talked to him over and over and asked him about DH days, but he keeps saying he feels more into it at first base," Gardenhire said. "So there have been some DH days he's enjoyed, but he likes the idea of going out there and playing. So it's been nice."