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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rockies Injury Update: Justin Morneau exits with intercostal soreness


By on 9/13/2014 02:15:00 PM

Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau, whose .315 batting average currently ranks second in the Nationals League, left Friday's 5-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the sixth inning with "left-side intercostal soreness" according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. He was replaced by Ben Paulsen.

Morneau, whose full line is .315/.359/.485 (OPS+ 121) with 15 homers and 72 RBI, is one of the few bright spots for the last place Rockies. Their 59-88 record is in part the result of stars such as shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez being forced into extended absences from the lineup. Morneau is listed as day-to-day.

Justin Morneau
A four-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger,  and 2006 NL MVP, Morneau is in his 12th season, the first ten of which he spent with the Minnesota Twins. The lefty slugger has posted a career line of  .281/.348/.482. He was drafted by the Twins in 1999 (3rd round) and made his debut June 10, 2003.  On August 31, 2013 the Twins traded Morneau t the Pittsburgh Pirates for Alex Presley and Duke Welker. As a free agent after the 2013 season, Morneau signed a two-year $12.5 million contract with the Rockies with a mutual option for 2016.
 
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