Morneau batting .100, struggling to regain strength

  • Updated: March 20, 2012 - 7:35 AM
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Justin Morneau put rosin on his bat handle before batting Monday against the Red Sox. He went 0-for-2 and his hitting just .100 (3-for-30) this spring, trying to regain strength in his surgically repaired wrist.

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FORT MYERS, FLA. - Justin Morneau had an ice pack wrapped around his surgically repaired left wrist after going hitless in two at-bats and lowering his batting average to .100 in Monday's 8-4 victory over the Red Sox at JetBlue Park.

Morneau said he's been icing the wrist daily, as he tries to regain strength, along with his timing at the plate. Morneau is among the team leaders with 30 at-bats, but he has just three hits, all singles.

"I'm trying to do the right amount of swinging," he said. "I have to swing to build the strength [in the wrist], but if I swing too much, it gets a little irritated, so it's kind of hard."

Doctors have assured Morneau that his swing won't damage the tendon he had stabilized in the wrist last October. In recent games, he's taken more vicious cuts.

"I think earlier I was a little afraid to kind of let it go, and I've built that confidence that it's not going to go back to where it was before I had the surgery," Morneau said. "The last few days I think I've just kind of let it fly and hit some balls hard. I guess that's a pretty good sign. Especially [Sunday]; I pulled the ball foul. I hadn't done that in a long time."

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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