Morneau is still dealing with concussion symptoms and is receiving treatment, reports The Denver Post. The reigning National League batting champion sustained the injury while diving for a groundball against the Angels. He also sustained a cervical neck sprain and was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list.
Morneau, 34, has dealt with concussions throughout his career, most notably missing substantial time in 2010 and 2011 after sustaining a concussion when he slid into the knee of Toronto Blue Jays infielder John McDonald during a game on July 7, 2010.
“It’s difficult for Justin, given his history with concussions,” manager Walt Weiss said. “This is a process and we have to wait it out.
“When Justin is ready to play and he’s himself again, he’s our first baseman.”
Over 27 games this season, Morneau batted .290 with three home runs, nine RBIs and a .767 OPS.
The four-time All-Star and 2006 AL MVP played 11 seasons with the Minnesota Twins before he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in August 2013. After that season, he signed a two-year, $14 million contract with the Rockies.
- Mike Fiammetta