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Out since May with concussion symptoms, Justin Morneau begins minor league rehab assignment

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Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau hasn’t played since May 13 due to concussion symptoms and a cervical neck strain, but he still intends on returning this season.

According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Morneau began a minor league rehab assignment on Friday with Double-A New Britain and went 1-for-2 with a single. He’ll remain in the minors for a few more days before being re-evaluated next Thursday. The Rockies have nothing to play for right now, but Morneau could get some peace of mind going into the winter. His contract carries a $9 million mutual option for 2016.

Morneau’s career veered off track with the Twins due to concussion issues, but he bounced back after joining the Rockies last season by winning the National League batting crown. The 34-year-old was batting .290 with three home runs and a .767 OPS over his first 27 games this season prior to the injury.

Video: Catwalk at Tropicana Field leaves Kevin Kiermaier hanging


The catwalk at Tropicana Field strikes again. After it robbed Twins rookie Miguel Sano of a home run on Thursday night, it fooled Rays outfield Kevin Kiermaier on this two-run homer from Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales last night.

The home run, which hit off the C-ring portion of the catwalk, was confirmed after crew chief review. I’d say that I’m disappointed that Kiermaier didn’t get a chance to add another awesome defensive play to his highlight reel, but then he wouldn’t have been able to make that pose while hanging on the outfield fence. It was worth it.

Mark Teixeira says he’s having “serious pain” when he tries to run


The Yankees’ offense busted out of a slump last night against the Braves, but they did it without Mark Teixeira, who continues to have issues with a deep bone bruise in his lower right leg.

Teixeira originally suffered the injury when he fouled a ball of his leg on August 17. The All-Star first baseman returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday and appeared as a pinch-hitter on Wednesday, but he told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he’s having “serious pain” when he attempts to run.

“It’s not as good as I would have hoped,” Teixeira said. “Running is still a big struggle. I can’t run. It’s just as simple as that. It’s very frustrating.”

A fracture in the leg was ruled out after Teixeira went for X-ray, MRI and CT scan, so he’ll just have to wait for the inflammation to go down. With rosters set to expand on Tuesday, there’s no need for the Yankees to place him on the 15-day disabled list. However, the timetable for his return is very much up in the air.

The leg injury has interrupted what has been a resurgent season for Teixeira, who is batting .255/.357/.548 with 31 home runs and 79 RBI over 111 games. Rookie Greg Bird has been filling in at first base for New York.