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RECOVERY WARDS
March 26, 2012
ON AVERAGE, 38% OF BIG LEAGUERS LAND ON THE DISABLED LIST EACH SEASON, THEIR BATTING PRACTICE AND BULLPEN SESSIONS REPLACED BY REST AND REHAB. THIS YEAR SOME BIG NAMES ARE MAKING COMEBACKS AFTER MISSING ALL OR MOST OF 2011. HERE'S WHAT'S GOING ON IN THEIR MINDS AND—WITH THE HELP OF THE ARTISTS AT THE VISUAL MD—IN THEIR BODIES
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March 26, 2012

Recovery Wards

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INJURY: TORN ULNAR COLLATERAL LIGAMENT

GAMES PITCHED IN 2011: 5

ON HOW HE FEELS NOW: "LIKE IT ALMOST NEVER HAPPENED. [WHEN I] THROW, IT FEELS SO MUCH MORE NATURAL NOW THAN IT DID COMING OFF THE SURGERY. MY MIND'S A LOT CLEARER."

ON PITCHING WITH A SURGICALLY REPAIRED ELBOW: "I DON'T WANT THE SPECIAL TREATMENT. I WANT TO GO OUT THERE AND GIVE IT EVERYTHING I HAVE. I'M GOING TO GO OUT UNTIL THEY TAKE THE BALL OUT OF MY HAND."

JUSTIN MORNEAU

1B, TWINS

INJURY: CONCUSSION

GAMES PLAYED IN 2011: 69

ON THE HARDEST PART OF BEING HURT: "NOT BEING WITH YOUR TEAMMATES AND NOT FEELING LIKE YOU'RE GOING THROUGH WHAT THEY GO THROUGH. YOU HAVE TO STICK TOGETHER AS A TEAM, GOOD TIMES AND BAD. AND WHEN YOU'RE ON THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU'RE PART OF THAT."

ON FOLLOWING THE TEAM: "I WAS CONSTANTLY CHECKING THE BOX SCORES. BUT [DUE TO CONCUSSION SYMPTOMS] THERE WERE TIMES I WASN'T ABLE TO SIT AND WATCH THE GAME FOR MORE THAN TWO OR THREE INNINGS. THAT MADE IT DIFFICULT AND STRESSFUL."

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