Justin Morneau still has concussion symptoms, not ready to rejoin Rockies

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Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau will not be cleared to return from the seven-day concussion disabled list when eligible because he continues to experience post-concussion symptoms, according to manager Walt Weiss.

That’s very discouraging news for Morneau, whose career was previously derailed by concussions when he was with the Twins.

After several unproductive seasons Morneau got back on track with the Rockies last year, hitting .319 with 17 homers and an .860 OPS to win the NL batting title. He was off to a decent start this year, hitting .290 with three homers and a .767 OPS in 27 games, but now the former MVP’s status is once again up in the air due to a brain injury.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.