Justin Morneau 1B COL 3 Months

Morneau is out of the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers.

Morneau will have now sat for the final two games of the season, as the veteran has little left to play for with the Rockies long out of the playoff hunt. Ben Paulsen will get his 10th start of the season at first base in Morneau's stead.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 3 Months

Morneau is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

Morneau will get the night off after starting the last four games. Michael Cuddyer will slide in from the outfield and cover first base for the Rockies on Saturday.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 3 Months

Morneau went 2-for-3 with his 17th homer of the season and two RBI in Friday's loss to the Dodgers.

With the two-hit performance, Morneau raised his season batting average to .319, keeping him narrowly ahead of the Pirates' Josh Harrison (.318) in the battle for the National League batting title. If Morneau is able to hold off Harrison, he'd become the second consecutive Colorado hitter to claim the title, after Michael Cuddyer achieved the feat in 2013.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 3 Months

Morneau is out of the lineup Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

Continuing to lead the National League in batting, Morneau is probably just getting the day off. In a battle of improbable NL batting champions, Morneau has the smallest of leads over Josh Harrison, .318 to .317.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 3 Months

Morneau went 3-for-4 with six RBI and a pair of runs scored in a blowout win over the Dodgers.

As Morneau's battle for the NL batting title continues, the three-hit effort Wednesday could prove to be a big lift as he tries to stave off Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison during the final 10 days of the season. Morneau is now hitting .320 for the season, with a .363 OBP and .497 slugging percentage in his first campaign with Colorado.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 3 Months

Morneau (upper body) went 1-for-3 with two runs scored in Monday's loss to the Dodgers.

Morneau was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning, but that likely had more to do with the Dodgers owning an 11-3 lead than any concern about the upper-body injury that kept Morneau out the first two games. He was hit by a pitch in his last at-bat in the seventh inning, but still stayed on the field defensively for the final two frames.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 3 Months

Morneau (upper body) is back in the Rockies' lineup Monday, batting third and playing first base, Jenny Cavnar of Root Sports reports.

The only real thing Morneau has to play for this season is a shot at the National League batting title (he's currently batting .315), but that's more than enough for a player to try to battle through pain in meaningless games. He'll probably get a few days off over the final two weeks, but fantasy owners should certainly hold onto him and make sure he's in lineups Monday.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 3 Months

Morneau (upper body) is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cardinals.

Morneau will miss his second consecutive game after he was removed from Friday's contest due to incercostal soreness. It looks like Michael Cuddyer will serve as his primary replacement at first base while he remains sidelined.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 3 Months

Morneau (upper body) is out of the lineup Saturday against the Cardinals.

Intercostal soreness resulted in Morneau's early exit from Friday's game, and he'll sit Saturday as Ben Paulsen steps in at first base. The Cardinals are starting lefty Marco Gonzalez on Sunday, so the Rockies may very well just hold Morneau out through the weekend.

Justin Morneau 1B COL 3 Months

Morneau left Friday's game with left intercostal soreness.

With Michael Cuddyer (hamstring) expected to remain on the disabled list until Monday, Ben Paulsen will take over the first base role. With the Rockies well out of playoff contention, they will be extra cautious with the 33-year-old, but he is in the hunt for a National League batting title over the final weeks of the season.