Justin Morneau feels better than he has in months and is swinging the bat better than he has all spring. His head is clear, and his wrist is healing nicely. Yet he still doesn't know if he'll be the Twins' first baseman when Minnesota opens its season April 6 at Baltimore.

"We'll see what it comes down to," he said Friday, March 23.

Starting as the designated hitter for the sixth straight game - seventh, if you count a minor league start Wednesday - Morneau went 1 for 4 with a double he lined over the head of New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson in the fifth inning of a 6-4 loss at George Steinbrenner Stadium.

Manager Ron Gardenhire was unable to shed more light on plans for Morneau, who is recovering from his second serious concussion since July 2010 and an assortment of other injuries that required surgery, most notably one to repair his left wrist.

"We're going to just do what we have to do, whatever it takes," Gardenhire said. "I told you that from the get-go - our first goal is first base, and if that's not going to be the right thing, we'll move to DH. But right now, we're just DHing. I'm keeping him off the field."