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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%: 80/49 | Average Draft Position: 165.87
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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.


Justin Morneau homers, drives in six runs in blowout win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau went 3 for 4 with a home run and six RBI in his team's 16-2 shellacking of the Dodgers Wednesday.

Morneau kicked off the run parade with a three-run home run in the first inning, and he would drive two more runs in on a single later in the same inning. His sixth RBI came on a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Morneau is finishing an excellent rebound season in strong fashion, hitting .320/.363/.497 with 16 home runs and 79 RBI in 475 at-bats.


Justin Morneau right back in the lineup


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Justin Morneau's absence was as short as advertised. The Rockies first baseman was back in the lineup Monday against the Dodgers after missing two games with intercostal soreness. Trainer Keith Dugger downplayed the injury over the weekend, terming it just "a little soreness."

Morneau has had trouble staying on the field for more than three or four games in a row in the second half, but he's batting .353 (12 for 34) with a home run so far in September.


Justin Morneau may not be out for long


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The Rockies left first baseman Justin Morneau out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but the team's trainer downplayed the seriousness of the injury that kept him sidelined on Saturday as well. Keith Dugger told the Denver Post that Morneau's malady may not be an intercostal injury as first believed, saying, "it's not a huge (injury). It's not like an oblique type of soreness."

Dugger added that Morneau "just has a little soreness" behind his left lat. Given the nature of Morneau's injury, the team thinks he may not miss much more time.


Justin Morneau out of lineup Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau is not in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

Morneau was removed from Friday's game with intercostal soreness. He has hit .315/.359/.485 with 15 home runs and 72 RBI in 464 at-bats.


Justin Morneau homers in four-hit performance vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau went 4 for 6 with a two-run home run in his team's 7-6, 12-inning win over the Padres Saturday.

Morneau homered in the third inning but didn't collect another extra-base hit in the game. The home run was just his second since June 24, when he drove in six runs in a win against the Cardinals. Morneau has hit .314/.356/.489 with 15 home runs and 72 RBI in 452 at-bats.


Brewers claim Justin Morneau, cannot work out deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The Brewers won a waiver claim on Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, but were unable to work out a trade for him, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman Thursday.

The details of the Brewers' offer for Morneau are not known, but the Rockies evidently did not consider it worth of Morneau's services. He is still under contract for next season and is providing excellent value, leading the National league with a .317 average while adding 14 home runs, 69 RBI and an .857 OPS.

Morneau will be paid $6.75 million in 2015, and his contract has a mutual option for $9 million for 2016. 


Justin Morneau finally goes deep again Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Summer had barely begun the last time Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau blasted off. But he slammed his first home run in two months in a Friday night loss to Miami.

Morneau went deep with one on in the fourth inning for his 14th of the year. He also singled to give him 12 hits in his last 39 at-bats.


Hitters to start in Week 22


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/22/2014) Looking for a sleeper hitter for Fantasy Week 22 (Aug. 25-31)? You may just find him in the latest Start and Sit Hitters. Stephen Vogt, Justin Morneau, Jedd Gyorko, Martin Prado, J.J Hardy and Michael Morse are all labeled "starts" for the upcoming scoring period, with several other sleeper suggestions sprinkled throughout.

Be sure to give it a look before setting your lineup.


Justin Morneau, DJ LeMahieu back at it Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (neck) and infielder DJ LeMahieu are both back in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

Morneau had missed the team's previous two games as a result of his injury, but is batting third and starting at first base for his return. LeMahieu had missed just the one game, and is batting eighth and playing second base Tuesday. 


Justin Morneau, DJ LeMahieu unable to start Sunday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (neck) and infielder DJ LeMahieu (ankle) were held out of the starting lineup Sunday against the Reds. Morneau missed a second straight game, while LeMahieu sat out his first game.

Justin Morneau scratched with stiff neck


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup due to a stiff neck, the team announced.

Morneau has played in 13 of the team's 14 games in August, and he's recorded at least one hit in each of his last 10 games. He has hit .323/.364/.504 with 13 home runs and 65 RBI in 393 at-bats.