Twins’ Morneau regaining strength after surgery

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau will try some light

activities over the next two weeks, another step in his recovery

from surgery to remove a fragment of a herniated disk from his

neck.

Morneau had the operation on Wednesday, and Twins trainer Rick

McWane said Friday doctors ”were very happy with the outcome,”

and the slugger was already starting to regain some strength.

”The fact that his strength had already gotten better is a very

good sign and encouraging,” McWane said.

Morneau was placed on the 15-day disabled list last month with a

strained left wrist. That also gave him time to rest his neck, but

Morneau still dealt with weakness in the arm and numbness in his

left hand.

After seeing a second neck specialist, the organization decided

surgery was the best option to help Morneau regain the form that

helped him win the 2006 AL MVP award. The surgery was expected to

keep Morneau out an additional six weeks.

In other injury news, Jason Kubel was still a little sore a day

after reaggravating his sprained left foot while on a rehab

assignment with Class A Fort Myers. McWane said Kubel was feeling

better Friday, took batting practice and ran, although he wasn’t

expected to play again until Sunday at the earliest.

Outfielder Delmon Young (strained oblique) also took batting

practice Friday and is scheduled to travel to Triple-A Rochester on

Sunday to being a rehab assignment. Pitcher Kevin Slowey (abdominal

strain) also is scheduled to travel to Rochester this weekend and

pitch Tuesday. Outfielder Denard Span (concussion) also worked out

Friday, although it’s unclear when he’ll be able to take batting

practice again.