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Rockies place Justin Morneau on 7-day DL with concussion symptoms

Morneau has dealt with concussion problems in the past. 

The Colorado Rockies placed Justin Morneau on the 7-day disabled list on Saturday due to a neck strain and concussion symptoms, the team announced

The 7-day DL was created in 2011 as part of the league's concussion protocol. 

In a corresponding move, the Rockies recalled Rafael Ynoa from Triple A. 

Morneau, who turned 34 on Friday, appeared to injure his neck during Wednesday's game on a dive. Morneau has suffered a number of concussions over the last few seasons, missing substantial time in 2010 and 2011 due to concussion symptoms and other injuries while with the Twins. 

The 7-day protocol was created as Morneau was dealing with the aftermath of his 2010 concussion. 

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"The one thing you don't want to do is put someone in position the day after or two days later all of a sudden by saying, 'Are you feeling OK?' " Morneau said in 2011, according to ESPN. "The worst thing you can do with a concussion is rush back to play. You're diagnosed and you have a week and if it clears up like most people hope it does and they usually do, with most people it's short-term, that's the best-case scenario."

Last season, his first in Colorado, Morneau played in 135 games, hitting .319 with 17 home runs and 82 RBIs. 

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This season, Morneau has played in 27 games, batting .290 with three home runs and nine RBIs. 

Entering Saturday, the Rockies are 12-20 and in last place in the National League West. 

- Stanley Kay