OUTJustin Morneau 1B COL 1 month ago

Morneau underwent elbow surgery in December and will not be able to swing a bat until June, La Velle Neal III of the Star Tribune reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Morneau reportedly wasn't in talks with many teams about a roster spot, and now it's clear why. The first baseman reportedly said that he thought he only had tendinitis in his elbow, but then discovered things were much worse. This is a tough break for the former-MVP, as it'll now be much tougher to find a landing spot now that teams will have to work with him through a rehab process.

OUTJustin Morneau 1B COL 6 months ago

Morneau will become a free agent after his $9 million mutual option was declined by the Rockies.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Morneau was limited to just 49 games in 2015 due to a concussion and considering his history (he missed chunks of time in 2010 and 2011 with concussions) there's no guarantee the 34-year-old will return for another season. However, if he chooses to play another season he should see a fair amount of interest from other clubs -- Morneau slashed a .310/.363/.458 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 168 at-bats with the Rockies this season.

OUTJustin Morneau 1B COL 7 months ago

Morneau is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants, MLB.com's Thomas Harding reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

With the Rockies playing back-to-back day games, Morneau will sit out in the season finale, as Wilin Rosario gets the call at first base. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, Morneau may pursue retirement, as his age (34) and extensive injury history don't figure to result in him receiving many attractive offers.

OUTJustin Morneau 1B COL 7 months ago

Morneau is not in Thursday's lineup against the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rockies will stack right-handed bats in the lineup as the Diamondbacks send southpaw Patrick Corbin to the mound Thursday, leaving Morneau, Carlos Gonzalez and Corey Dickerson on the bench. Wilin Rosario will replace him at first base Thursday, batting cleanup.

OUTJustin Morneau 1B COL 7 months ago

Morneau is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rockies have been resting Morneau fairly regularly since his return from the 60-day DL earlier this month, so it's no surprise he'll take a seat for a day game after a night game. Wilin Rosario gets the call at first base for the series finale.

OUTJustin Morneau 1B COL 7 months ago

Morneau went 4-for-4 with three singles, a double, and an RBI in Saturday's win over the Dodgers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Though he's received frequent days off since returning from the disabled list Sept. 4, Morneau has been fantastic for the Rockies in the season's final month. He's gone 20-for-52 (.385) at the plate in September, demonstrating that he still has something left in tank at age 34.

OUTJustin Morneau 1B COL 7 months ago

Morneau is out of the lineup Thursday, the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Rockies will give Morneau the day off against lefty Jeff Locke on Thursday. Wilin Rosario will start at first base and hit cleanup.

OUTJustin Morneau 1B COL 7 months ago

Morneau is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Padres.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Wilin Rosario will take over at first base with left-hander Robbie Erlin toeing the rubber for San Diego. Morneau has fared well since his return earlier this month (.303/.395/.455), but figures to continue sitting whenever the Rockies face a lefty.

OUTJustin Morneau 1B COL 7 months ago

Morneau went 2-for-3 with a triple, a double and a walk in a win over San Diego on Friday.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Morneau got his second triple in three games and that's a bit of a surprise as it's his first two of the season. The reigning NL batting champion may be a nice candidate to have a strong last couple weeks of the season and could be a nice pickup in leagues he was dropped. The lingering concussion issues will follow Morneau for the rest of his career, but when he's healthy, he's still a great hitter.

OUTJustin Morneau 1B COL 8 months ago

Morneau is out of Monday's lineup against the Dodgers, Eric Stephen of True Blue LA reports.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Morneau will be protected from the left-handed Clayton Kershaw on Monday. In his place, the Rockies will turn to Wilin Rosario at first base, batting fifth.