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Finally: Justin Morneau returns to action, plays in 'B' game

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As most of you know, Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau(notes) has been sidelined by concussion symptoms since, like, 1966. (Injured in a dugout altercation with Zoilo Versalles and Mudcat Grant. Terrible scene. Sam Mele basically lost the team that day). Many of us rostered Morneau down the stretch last season, waiting patiently for a return that never happened — and as recently as last week, the Twins were still reluctant to offer a timetable on his 2011 spring debut.

But today, there's good news. Morneau participated in a "B" game against the Pirates, starting at first base and going 1-for-2 with a three-run double. So this qualifies as a fairly big day for Twins fans. Here's an encouraging postgame quote from Morneau himself:

"It’s going to take a while to get back into game shape, but as the brain goes, we’re hopefully past all the symptoms."

And as the brain goes, Morneau becomes a bit safer to draft for fantasy purposes. He'll get a bump in my position ranks when we reshuffle at the end of the week, leapfrogging Billy Butler(notes). (Terrible image there, leapfrogging Butler. Sorry). Morneau has a concussion history, so if you own him, you'll need to be on heightened alert at all times. But his return to the diamond is clearly a welcome piece of news.

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