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Morneau may be ready for batting practice

Twins slugger Justin Morneau is in town this weekend for TwinsFest, but he'll also see a team doctor to see if he’s ready to start taking batting practice. Morneau is recovering from wrist surgery he had in September.
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Twins slugger Justin Morneau is in town this weekend for TwinsFest, but he'll also see a team doctor to see if he’s ready to start taking batting practice. Morneau is recovering from wrist surgery he had in September.

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