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Morneau is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.

Morneau has battled neck soreness and recent days and the Royals are starting a lefty in Danny Duffy, so manager Walt Weiss will take the opportunity to get the 33-year-old some additional maintenance. Matt McBride will take over at first base and bat sixth in his absence. Morneau just rattled off a 10-game hit streak and has hit safely in all but two games this month.

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Morneau (neck) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

A late scratch from Saturday's lineup with neck stiffness, Morneau also missed both games of Sunday's doubleheader against the Reds as a result of the injury. It seems Monday's off day provided sufficient maintenance, however, as Morneau is penciled in to man first base and bat third Tuesday against right-hander James Shields. In 44 career at-bats against Shields, Morneau has 15 hits (.341 average) including four home runs.

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Morneau (neck) is not in the lineup for the second game of Sunday's doubleheader with the Reds.

Morneau sat out the first game Sunday with a sore neck, and he will do the same in the nightcap. Ben Paulsen will get the start at first base in Morneau's place.

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Morneau (neck) is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader.

Morneau was a late scratch Saturday, and will miss at least one additional game. His availability for the night cap remains uncertain, but Michael Cuddyer will man first base for the afternoon tilt.

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Morneau was a late scratch with a stiff neck Saturday, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Michael Cuddyer will move over to first base as a result with Drew Stubbs ultimately moving into the starting lineup while Morneau moves out. The 33-year-old will be a game-time decision Sunday.

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Morneau is out of the lineup Sunday vs. the Diamondbacks, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

Morneau has started at first base in each of the Rockies' 11 games since returning from the DL on July 28, so manager Walt Weiss will just give the veteran a day of rest Sunday. The newly-recalled Ben Paulsen gets the start at first base in his place.

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Morneau went 3-for-4 with two runs scored in Wednesday's win over the Cubs.

Morneau was one of four Rockies on the evening with three hits, as the team tacked Cubs ace Jake Arrieta with his worst start of the season. The first baseman remains in a long home run drought, having not gone deep since June 29, but continues to carry a .348 on-base percentage on the season, while racking up 63 RBI.

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Rockies activated 1B Justin Morneau from the 15-day disabled list.

Morneau missed the minimum amount of time with a mild neck strain. The veteran first baseman boasts a .312/.345/.502 batting line with 13 home runs and 60 RBI in 89 games this season. It's been a resurgent year for Morneau, and the strong production should continue down the stretch (with the help of Coors Field).

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Justin Morneau (neck) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday.

He's currently slated to play two games before being activated Wednesday, but it's possible he'll talk his way into being activated Tuesday if things go well Monday. Morneau has missed the last couple weeks with a strained neck but appears to be over the ailment. He's hitting .312/.345/.502 with 13 homers and 60 RBI over 89 games this season.

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Justin Morneau (neck) took batting practice Saturday.

Morneau has been out since July 21 with a neck strain and this was his first batting practice session since being placed on the disabled list. He will be eligible to return to the active roster as soon as Tuesday, but his absence will likely extend into August.