Justin Morneau 1B COL 2 days ago

Morneau is out of the lineup Thursday, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

Morneau has just five hits (all singles) in his last seven starts and has only three extra-base hits in 52 at-bats this season. Daniel Descalso will serve as the first baseman Thursday, but Morneau should be back in action for this weekend's home series against the Giants.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 4 days ago

Morneau is batting sixth in the lineup Monday against the Padres, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Morneau has typically occupied the clean up spot this season, but will slide down two slots as Carlos Gonzalez moves to fourth in the order. The first baseman has struggled at the plate in the early goings of the season as he's slashing just .214/.233/.333 with one homer and two RBI, so the demotion in the lineup could be a result of the poor start.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 1 week ago

Morneau is out of the lineup Friday against the Dodgers, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports.

With reigning NL MVP Clayton Kershaw on the mound for Los Angeles, manager Walt Weiss has all but rid his lineup of lefty bats with the exceptions being Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson. Wilin Rosario, who is 5-for-20 with a homer against Kershaw in his career, will man first base and bat cleanup.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 2 weeks ago

Morneau collected career hit number 1,500 with a solo homerun in the Rockies 5-1 win over the Cubs on Friday afternoon.

He did not start the game with a southpaw on the mound for Chicago, but entered the game later in a double switch. He was hit in the neck earlier this week, but that does not appear to be a concern and he should be safe to play in fantasy lineups going forward.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 2 weeks ago

Morneau is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Cubs, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

Morneau will get a day off as the Rockies face left-handed Travis Wood, allowing Nick Hundley to start at catcher, with Wilin Rosario handling first base. This probably has more to do with the matchup than the neck injury that bothered Morneau earlier in the week, given that the first baseman was often rested against lefties during his superb 2014 campaign. He finished 2014 with a .341/.389/.538 slash line against right-handers, compared to just .258/.292/.383 versus southpaws.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 2 weeks ago

Morneau (neck) was a late addition to the Rockies' lineup for Wednesday's game against the Brewers, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Morneau was initially listed as a scratch in favor of Wilin Rosario, but a successful batting cage session and a little convincing has resulted in a lineup change. He will play first base once again Wednesday and bat in his normal cleanup spot in the order after his neck scare Tuesday.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 2 weeks ago

Morneau's (neck) swings in the batting cage went well and he expects to be in the lineup Wednesday, but nothing has been officially changed, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

Morneau was initially out of the lineup against the Brewers, with Wilin Rosario set to take his place at first base. It appears a change may be on the horizon, but manager Walt Weiss has the final call on the situation.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 2 weeks ago

Morneau will hit in the cage Wednesday to test his neck, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

An errant throw hit Morneau in the neck as he was running the bases Tuesday and manager Walt Weiss promptly removed him from the game, pointing to Morneau's history of neck issues as the primary reason why. Morneau is being held out of the lineup Wednesday, and while he said he is OK, how the neck responds to hitting the cage will be telling as to the true extent of the issue.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 2 weeks ago

Morneau (neck) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Despite a report that Morneau was removed from Tuesday's game for precautionary reasons, he will sit out Wednesday's contest as well. It's unclear if the two are related, or if it's just a veteran receiving the day off, but his presence (or lack thereof) in Friday's lineup should clear things up a bit. Wilin Rosario will start at first base in his place Wednesday.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 2 weeks ago

Manager Walt Weiss indicated Wednesday that Morneau (neck) was removed from Tuesday's game for precautionary reasons, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.

Morneau was hit in the neck by an errant throw, causing him to exit the game early. It's good news that nothing serious came of the issue, and he should be considered day-to-day, but it remains to be seen if he will be part of the lineup Wednesday.