Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the 7-day concussion disabled list. He’s currently dealing with a neck strain and concussion symptoms.
The symptoms apparently stem from when he attempted to dive for a ground ball during Wednesday’s game against the Angels. Morneau was only known to be dealing with a neck issue until now, but given his history of concussions, this news is obviously concerning. Wilin Rosario figures to get most of the playing time at first base during his absence.
After winning the National League batting crown in his first season with Colorado in 2014, Morneau was batting .290/.317/.450 with three home runs and nine RBI through his first 27 games this season.
Sean Marshall has been limited to just 31 appearances in the majors since 2013 due to shoulder issues and now the southpaw needs season-ending surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday and will be performed by Dr. David Altheck.
Marshall, 32, made 15 appearances last season before undergoing surgery in June to repair a torn labrum. The hope was that he would be ready to contribute this season, but he had a setback with his throwing program early on during spring training. Shoulders are tricky and rehabbing from capsule surgery is a rough road, so his future is very much in question.
Marshall struggled as a starter early on in his career with the Cubs, but he soon emerged as one of the game’s best relievers, posting a 2.44 ERA with 10.3 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 in 247 appearances from 2010-2013. The Reds committed $16.5 million to him from 2013-2015, which looked like a reasonable deal at the time, but his situation is a reminder that giving a lucrative multi-year contract to a reliever is risky business.
Keith Hernandez shaved his trademark mustache in September of 2012 and the world has felt slightly off since. However, I have some good news to pass along here, as Hernandez has announced his intentions to bring it back.
There’s a bit of a catch, though. Hernandez said during the Brewers-Mets game on SNY last night that he’s growing it support of the New York Rangers and their quest for the Stanley Cup. He started when they were down 3-1 to the Washington Capitals in the second round of the playoffs and doesn’t want to mess with what’s working.
So yes, this could all be temporary or maybe he’ll decide to keep it. As I said on Twitter yesterday upon hearing the news, this is sort of like your favorite band going on a reunion tour.
Ho-hum: Another day, another massive home run from Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
After hitting two home runs last night vs. the Braves, including one into the camera well in distant center field, Stanton topped himself today with a blast to the second deck in center field. StatCast said it checked in at 478 feet, which Daren Wilman notes is three feet further than the one that left Dodger Stadium on Tuesday. Check it out below:
Just ridiculous. By the way, how about the bare-handed catch by that fan? I’m going to assume that his hand has since swollen up to the size (and potentially the color) of the home run sculpture.
After hitting career home run No. 399 last night, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera reached 400 this afternoon with a solo home run off left-hander Tyler Lyons in the top of the first inning against the Cardinals.
Cabrera, 32, is the 53rd player in baseball history to reach 400 career home runs. He joins Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre, who just hit his 400th career home run last night. Cabrera needed 604 fewer games to get there.
Today’s home run had some additional special meaning, as Cabrera now ranks first all-time in home runs by a Venezuelan-born player. He was tied with Andres Galarraga at 399.
Here’s some additional context from our own Aaron Gleeman: