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33 Justin Morneau 1B
Height/Weight: 6-4/220 | Birthdate: 5/15/1981 | Birthplace: New Westminster, B.C., CAN | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Colorado | College: No College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $15,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 67/8 | Average Draft Position: 165.88
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Rockies manager: Justin Morneau still at least a few days away


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau ,who is eligible to return from the seven-day disabled list on Friday, will need more than the minimum seven days to return from experiencing concussion symptoms. Manager Walt Weiss said Morneau is still at least a few more days away from a returning, according to the Denver Post.

"The concussion is always the biggest concern because of his history," Weiss said, per MLB.com. "It's a concern. It's still a mild concern. He's showing improvement, getting better, but it's all tied to his history."

Morneau has been on the disabled list since May 16 after he started experiencing dizziness when he dove for a ball. 


Rockies' Weiss: Morneau's DL stint shouldn't take much longer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss told MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM on Wednesday that he's hopeful to have injured first baseman Justin Morneau back from the disabled list when eligible.

Morneau was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms, after experiencing some dizziness after diving for a ball last week. He batted .290 (29 for 100) with three homers and nine RBI at the time of the injury.

"There is some concern because of his history, we're hopeful that it won't be too much longer, but there's concern," Weiss said.


Rockies place Justin Morneau on 7-day concussion disabled list


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) The Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 7-day disabled list with a neck strain and concussion-like symptoms, per the team's official website. Morneau was forced to exit Wednesday's game in the eighth inning after experiencing dizziness after diving for a ball. He is hitting .290 (29 for 100) with three homers and nine RBI in 27 games played.

Justin Morneau misses second straight start for Rockies


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will miss his second straight start on Friday. Morneau is suffering from dizziness. He left Wednesday's game and hasn't played since. 

Wilin Rosario replaces Morneau at first for the second straight game and the fifth time this year. He'll bat cleanup for the second time this season. 


Rockies 1B Justin Morneau absent from Thursday's lineup


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Dodgers. Morneau was forced to exit Wednesday's game in the eighth inning when he experienced dizziness after diving for a ball. The team did not provide an update on his status or when he might return to the lineup.

Wilin Rosario is starting at first base on Thursday and will bat fifth.


Rockies' Runnells: Morneau experienced dizziness Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau left Wednesday's game against the Angels in the eighth inning and was replaced by Daniel Descalso after experiencing dizziness, bench coach Tom Runnells told the Denver Post after the game.

Morneau was removed from the game given his history of concussions. Runnells added that Morneau should not miss any time moving forward. He is hitting .290 (29 for 100) with three homers and nine RBI in 27 games played.

Colorado will face the Dodgers on Thursday.


Rockies return three sluggers to starting lineup on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/12/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is back in the starting lineup, batting fifth for Tuesday's matchup against the Angels. Morneau was given the day off on Sunday, with Wilin Rosario filling in. Rosario will be the desginated hitter, with the team playing in an American League ballpark.

Outfielders Corey Dickerson and Carlos Gonzalez are also returning to the lineup. Gonzalez will be in right field and bat third, while Dickerson is in left and is hitting seventh. Both were held out of the lineup on Sunday.


Rockies rest Dickerson, Gonzalez, Morneau Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Rockes first baseman Justin Morneau and outfielders Corey Dickerson and Carlos Gonzalez are not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers are sending ace Clayton Kershaw to the mound Sunday, making it the third consecutive southpaw to start against the Rockies. Morneau is off for the first time since last Sunday, while Dickerson and Gonzalez were both out of the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader.

The Rockies are home underdogs (+165) Sunday.


Rockies' Justin Morneau homers in Game 1 of DH Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau went 3 for 5 with a home run and two RBI in his team's 13-7 loss to the Diamondbacks in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader.

The Diamondbacks were able to jump out to a 9-0 lead by the end of the fourth inning, but Morneau was able to put his team on the board with a solo home run in the fifth before adding an RBI on a double in the bottom of the ninth to bring home the 20th and final run of the game.

Morneau has hit .291/.322/.453 with three home runs and nine RBI.


Rockies' Justin Morneau pushes multihit streak to four games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau tied a season-high with three hits Tuesday against the Diamondbacks, extending his multihit streak to four games. Morneau had one double, one RBI and one strikeout Tuesday.

The veteran first baseman is batting .588 (10 for 17) with one home run, two doubles and four RBI in his last four games. His hot streak comes after being mired in a 5-for-24 slump in his previous eight games (April 14-23).


Rockies' Justin Morneau homers in win over Diamondbacks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau hit his second home run of the season in Monday night's 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Morneau hit a three-run homer in the first inning that also scored Corey Dickerson and Troy Tulowitzki. Morneau finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored. He also drew a walk. 

Morneau is now hitting .297/.338/.438. 


Morneau, Gonzalez return for Rockies; Tulowitzki gets night off


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez returned to the lineup Friday night at home against San Francisco. Both players received the night off on Thursday. Morneau will bat cleanup, while Gonzalez will hit sixth in the order.

Morneau is batting .231 (12 for 52) with one home run, two doubles and three RBI in 14 games, while Gonzalez is batting .179 (10 for 56) with one home run, four doubles and five RBI in 14 games.

Troy Tulowitzki, who started all but one of 16 games this season for the Rockies, received his second night off this season. He is hitting .300 (18 for 60) with nine doubles, a home run and eight RBI in 16 appearances.

Colorado is a home underdog (+100) against the defending World Series champions, per VegasInsider.com.


Rockies' Justin Morneau, Carlos Gonzalez held out of lineup Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez both received a day off Thursday against the Padres. It was the second time Gonzalez was not in the starting lineup and third time Morneau was not in the starting lineup this season.

"I've been wanting to give CarGo one for the last few days," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said, per the Denver Post. "But Dickey (Corey Dickerson) was banged up and we were short-handed. So I thought a day game after a night game was a good spot for it."

Morneau is batting .231 (12 for 52) with one home run, two doubles and three RBI in 14 games, while Gonzalez is batting .179 (10 for 56) with one home run, four doubles and five RBI in 14 games.

The Rockies are considered underdogs (+103) for Thursday's game.


Rockies' Corey Dickerson batting second Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Rockies left fielder Corey Dickerson has been moved to the No. 2 slot in the lineup for the first time this season in Monday's matchup against the Padres.

Dickerson has batted sixth in most his starts, but he'll move up and slot between leadoff man Charlie Blackmon and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki Monday. Normal No. 2 hitter Carlos Gonzalez is batting cleanup, with first baseman Justin Morneau moving from the fourth slot to the sixth slot.

The Rockies are favorites (-127) against the Padres in pitcher Jorge De La Rosa's season debut, per VegasInsider.com.


Rockies give Gonzalez, Morneau the night off vs. Dodgers' Kershaw


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Rockies manager Walt Weiss gave outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and first baseman Justin Morneau the night off Friday against Dodgers right-hander Clayton Kershaw in Los Angeles. Morneau is 0-for-3 lifetime against Kershaw, while Gonzalez has five hits in 30 at-bats against the Dodgers southpaw.

With Gonzalez on the bench, Weiss chose to go with Charlie Blackmon in right field, Corey Dickerson in left field and Drew Stubbs in center field. Wilin Rosario started at first and batted cleanup in place of Morneau.


Justin Morneau comes off bench to homer for Rockies


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Justin Morneau hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to help pace the Rockies to a 5-1 win over the Cubs on Friday. 

Morneau entered the game as a defensive replacement in the sixth inning. He led off the bottom of the inning by hitting a 1-0 pitch to left center for his first homer of the year. Morneau went one for two on the day. The homer was his 1,500th career hit.  

"Sometimes when you pinch-hit or come in like that, late in the game, it's sometimes better," he said, per MLB.com. "You go up there with a simple approach. You don't really have enough time for your mind to get in the way."


Rockies' Morneau, Blackmon rest Friday against Cubs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau and center fielder Charlie Blackmon were not in the starting lineup Friday against the Cubs. Chicago started left-hander Travis Wood.

Drew Stubbs replaced Blackmon in center field, while Wilin Rosario started at first base for Colorado. 

Blackmon, who bats left-handed, is batting .143 (2 for 14) with one double and no RBI in three games. He also has one run, one walk and six strikeouts.

Morneau, who also bats left-handed, is batting .077 (1 for 13) with one double and no RBI in three games. He has no walks and one strikeout.


Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will play Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will play and is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers, despite being left out of the lineup originally, reports The Denver Post.

Morneau's status was up in the air after suffering a neck injury Tuesday when he was hit trying to take third base. Wilin Rosario was originally set to start at first in Morneau's place, but will move back to the bench with him being cleared to play.

The Brewers are the favorites (-145) over the Rockies Wednesday.


Rockies' Justin Morneau may play through neck injury Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau was held out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers due to a neck injury.

Morneau left Tuesday's game after being hit in the neck by a throw while attempting to reach third on a double. Morneau said he is fine and hopes to play Wednesday, despite not being in the starting lineup, per The Denver Post.

Wilin Rosario will replace Morneau at first. He has played eight games in his career at first with a .286/.310/.429 slash line.


Justin Morneau leaves Rockies game with apparent injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau left Tuesday's game in the seventh inning, after he was hit by a throw while running the bases. 

Morneau reached base on a double, his only hit of the night, and was hit in the neck by a throw at third base. 

Daniel Descalso replaced him. 


Rosario, Descalso behind Morneau on Rockies 1B depth chart


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario will be the primary backup at first base to starter Justin Morneau, manager Walt Weiss announced Monday. Daniel Descalso will be third on the depth chart. 

Weiss added on the days Rosario starts, he will not hesitate to insert Morneau into the lineup late in games for defensive purposes, per The Denver Post.


Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez batting second on Opening Day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez will bat second against the Brewers on Opening Day Monday.

Gonzalez saw most of his at-bats in 2014 in the third and fourth slots. Just 99 of his 2,817 career at-bats have come in the second slot of the lineup.

The full Rockies lineup for Opening Day: CF Charlie Blackmon, RF Gonzalez, SS Troy Tulowitzki, 1B Justin Morneau, 3B Nolan Arenado, LF Corey Dickerson, C Nick Hundley, 2B DJ LeMahieu, SP Kyle Kendrick.


Rockies' Weiss expecting great year from Justin Morneau


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Justin Morneau won the NL batting title (.319) in his first year with the Rockies in 2014 and as the start of the 2015 season nears, the 33-year-old first baseman believes he has even more left in the tank now that his health issues are behind him.

"I feel good. I feel strong," he said, per The Denver Post. "My swing feels consistent, and I feel like I can wait for the pitch I want. I feel like I am going up there with the best version of myself, as opposed to somebody who's just patched together."

Morneau is not the only person expecting lofty expectations in 2015. Manager Walt Weiss predicts a banner year from Morneau, who has averaged 118 games over the last six seasons.

"Justin's showing no signs of age," Weiss said Wednesday. "He's not as old as maybe some people think he is. He missed some time there for a while, and missed some time coming back, so I think some people think he's 40 years old. He's not. Plus, he's in great shape."


Rockies 1B Justin Morneau sidelined due to minor elbow injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau hasn't played since Wednesday due to a minor left elbow injury, per MLB.com. Although, he is hoping to play Monday.

Morneau is batting .167 (3 for 18) with one home run and three RBI through nine spring games.

"It's more of a feeling than it is a number," Morneau said of his spring numbers. "I just want to feel like I don't need to cheat to get to the ball inside. I can go down the street [to minor league camp] and get 10 at-bats in a day if I want to when they're playing intrasquad games.

"It's getting to that pitch without thinking about getting to it. It takes a little while. It's a trust thing."


Rockies garnering heavy interest in Morneau; Marlins interested


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Tuesday there has been substantial interest in first baseman Justin Morneau, according to The Denver Post

Morneau is heading into the final year of a two-year, $12.5 million contract that includes a $750,000 mutual option for 2016. 

"Now that there are fewer free-agent hitters to be had, we are getting more calls on our hitters," Bridich said Tuesday. "Justin is a heck of a player and a heck of a hitter under a very fair contract."

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirmed Wednesday the Marlins are one team showing interest in acquiring Morneau, who hit .319 with a .496 slugging percentage in 135 games in 2014.