MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins first baseman Justin Morneau was a walking injury list last season, as he battled concussion symptoms while also undergoing surgeries on his neck, left wrist, left knee and right foot.
But Morneau, who played in just 69 games because of the various injuries, said Friday that he's optimistic he'll be healthy and ready to go once Spring Training starts next month.
"Last year I was more hopeful [than optimistic]," said Morneau, who also missed the second half of the 2010 season with a concussion suffered in early July of that year. "I don't know if there's really a big difference between hopeful and optimistic, but hopeful's kind of wishing everything's going to be really good. I'm optimistic. I think I'm looking forward to it and feel a little more confident that it's going to be better."