Justin Morneau spoke on Friday morning in Fort Myers, and if you get past the usual optimism that every athlete offers when dealing with injuries, the news was not good.
Asked if he's contemplated his concussion symptoms ending his career, Morneau said:
`` Well, I don’t think there will be a career if it’s something I’m dealing with,’’ he said. ``That’s the reality of the whole thing. I’m obviously not going to continue to mess around with this if it continues to be a problem. There comes a point where you can only torture yourself for so long.
``It’s something I love to do but you keep preparing and you keep being left out, that’s something that nobody wants to go through . obviously it’s been a tough winter that way. I try not to think about that kind of stuff. Obviously it’s crossed my mind and it’s something I’ve had to think about but when that stuff comes into my mind I continue to look for something positive, and look how far I’ve come in the last week or in the last month and just hope it continues to go well.''
Morneau used the word ``torture'' when speaking about what he's gone through. He also said he's lost some weight. He's dieted to reduce the stress on his body, and he looks skinnier than the guy who was the AL MVP not so long ago.
My reaction, having spoken with Morneau and re-read the transcription of his interview: This spring might be his last attempt to prove to himself that he can still play baseball.
La Velle and I will have more later in the day on startribune.com, and in tomorrow morning's paper.
Upcoming: I'll be on 1500espn at 2:05 with Reusse and Mackey to discuss all of this, and the Twins' first full-squad workout.
Jim Souhan analyzes the local sports scene and advises you to never take his betting advice. He likes old guitars and old music, never eats press box hot dogs.