Minnesota Twins: Player Watch 09 Jan 12

1B Justin Morneau told MLB.com he is still battling a concussion suffered Aug. 28 while diving for a ball at Target Field, the second serious concussion he had suffered in 13 months. “Most days I wake up and I feel pretty good,” Morneau said. “It’s just usually after I get done, and really exert myself, working out hard, and a long day and everything, your brain, it really gets tired.” After that, he said, he generally takes a long nap and still doesn’t feel typical afterward. “You do think, ‘Something’s not right,’ ” he said. However, Morneau also said he expects to be ready for spring training.

LHP Francisco Liriano made his winter ball debut recently, pitching 1 2/3 innings for Escodido of the Dominican League. He gave up one earned run on two hits and a walk and struck out two. Twins GM Terry Ryan told the St. Paul Pioneer Press Liriano would not pitch winter ball this year, mostly because clubs wouldn’t want to deal with pitch limitations set by Minnesota. That clearly has changed. Liriano was 9-10 with a 5.09 ERA in 2011, hitting the disabled list twice because of arm problems. He did not pitch winter ball last year, and the Twins thought he threw too much in the offseason after he sat the first week of spring training because of shoulder soreness.