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FOXSports.com's Jim Bowden previews the Minnesota Twins' 2011 season.
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Hi everyone I'm Brian -- welcome the fox sports dot com's first pitch I'm pleased to be joined by baseball -- my friend Jim Bolden we are previewing the outlook for the Minnesota Twins and Justin Morneau is coming back -- concussion that was such a concern a year ago does that team have any doubts about the former AL MVP. Yeah and they need to have doubts because we know how serious -- concussion is we've seen guys lose their careers. Or gotten the good news is just morneau has not had any setbacks. He's taken BP this week everything is going well. He occasionally still gets the dizzy spell so the twins have to watch him very carefully. And take it slow because when you see fastballs coming in 95 miles an hour he can't have a busy spell so so far so good and look at Justin Morneau can stay healthy and the concussion does not come back. This guy's gonna be an MVP candidate he he was frustrating get to the post season last year this guy can match and drive in runs and will be huge. The points on the Eminem guys could be riding high again now let's focus on pitching. And the bullpen most specifically -- Nathan finally healthy but they've lost some pieces in the pen as well what's your take overall while Minnesota Twins have lost a lot of pieces in the bullpen Jesse Crain left. He went to the White Sox met her rear left he went to Los Angeles Dodgers Bryant for Wednesday's is gone he went to Oakland and Jon Rauch went to Toronto. Those are four big pieces that deep bullpen one of the reasons why the twins won last year the key is as you mentioned Joe Nathan how does he come back from Tommy John. Willie be the dominant closer that he was before he got hurt if he can. Matt Capps now moves to the seven NA NA and -- -- pressure comes on Jose -- Harris. Patty Shaq Jeff mayor chip and some of these young pitchers now the twins have done a good job. A developing pitchers over the years the question is will they be deepen up in the bullpen. And don't forget the sore shoulder Francisco Liriano the top of their rotation is going to be a question mark. Okay let's get to the bottom line you'd think it would only playing October baseball again. Well they may play October I'm not sure they gonna go on to middle October late October. I think this -- the other White Sox might overtake them a lot of questions with this team that have to be answered. Ratio gets second base Kenny be at the top -- a wrist band. To create some more stolen bases and more fastballs from the lineup Wolcott CS looked like -- shortstop. Willie hit it up the play in the position will have to woman more notes concussion. Will Larry on overcome the shoulder soreness can Nick Blackburn pitched more like he did two years ago in the way pits last year and is there enough depth in the bullpen. Joe bowers already had injections into his knee. Just seems to be a lot of question marks early -- -- might be the year the -- so those -- a lot of. Into Rodriguez will get the answers on the field in April as always we appreciate the -- that is it for this edition of first -- and remember. Foxsports.com. Has you covered for all your baseball -- -- Jim vote not Bryan Webber. Will see next.