Rockies' Morneau expected to return to the lineup soon

Sept 14, 12:26 PM

The Colorado Rockies don't expect to be without first baseman Justin Morneau for very long. 

Morneau exited Friday's game with soreness in his left side and has been held out of the lineup the past two days, though team trainer Keith Dugger doesn't believe the injury is anything serious. 

"We are not 100 percent sure it's an intercostal (injury)," Dugger told the Denver Post. "It's kind of sore behind his left lat. He just has a little soreness.

"It's not a huge (injury). It's not like an oblique type of soreness. We aren't overly concerned, but we want to make sure he's right before we send him out there."

Despite the Rockies being well out of the playoff race, Morneau has some hardware to still play for. The 33-year-old enters Sunday with a .315 average, trailing Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Josh Harrison and his .317 mark for the National League batting crown. 

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Rockies' Morneau returns to lineup Monday after missing 2 games with soreness

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Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau resumes his quest for the National League batting title Monday as he makes a return to the lineup after sitting out the last two games. 

Morneau departed Friday's game with soreness in his left side but Rockies trainer Keith Dugger downplayed the injury on the weekend, saying it wasn't anything serious.  

The 33-year-old, who has enjoyed a move to hitter friendly Coors Field this season, owns a .315 average and trails Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Josh Harrison by just .002 points. 

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Chris Humphreys

Sept 12, 10:53 PM

Rockies' Morneau leaves game vs. Cardinals with intercostal soreness; considered day-to-day

Sept 12, 10:53 PM

The injuries continue to pile up for the Colorado Rockies.

Ben Paulsen came in as a defensive replacement at first base in the sixth inning, and it's unclear exactly how Morneau suffered the injury.

Morneau has been one of the few bright spots for the injury-ravaged Rockies to this point, hitting .315 to put him in the conversation for the National League batting title.

Colorado is already dealing with the losses of Carlos Gonzalez (knee) and Troy Tulowitzki (hip flexor) to season-ending injuries.

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Ron Chenoy