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Twins' star Justin Morneau won't play in first round of the playoffs

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Morneau suffered a concussion sliding into second base on July 7th Morneau suffered a concussion sliding into second base on July 7th

MINNEAPOLIS (KTTC-DT/AP) -- Minnesota slugger Justin Morneau has ruled himself out of the first round of the playoffs, though he is aiming to be available later in October if the Twins advance.

Morneau took batting practice and fielded grounders at Target Field on Thursday.  He was upbeat afterward and told reporters he felt fine, hoping to ramp up workouts to be ready to play in the AL championship series if possible.

Morneau has been out since he suffered a concussion in Toronto on July 7, kneed in the head inadvertently by Blue Jays second baseman John McDonald. The aftereffects lingered well into September, but the All-Star first baseman has been improving.

Morneau was hitting .345 with 18 homers and 56 RBIs when he went down.

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