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.
Angels star outfielder Mike Trout is done for the year, per a team press release. He’ll undergo surgery to remove the Morton’s neuroma in his right foot sometime over the next week, which will likely require a recovery period that stretches beyond the two weeks remaining in the regular season.
Trout, 28, has been day-to-day with a foot injury since the first week of September. On Monday, he underwent a cryoablation procedure to treat the neuroma on his right foot, but evidently requires further treatment to resolve the issue completely. Per manager Brad Ausmus, Trout ‘tested his foot by running’ on Sunday and found he was still experiencing too much pain to play, prompting his decision to undergo season-ending surgery.
This figures to be the first major setback Trout has seen since his thumb surgery in 2017, but there’s no reason to believe his current ailment will have any substantial effect on his 2020 season. Still, it’s an unfortunate end to another monster campaign by the eight-time All-Star and AL MVP contender, who will finish his 2019 season batting .291/.438/.645 with an AL-best 45 home runs, .1083 OPS, and league-leading 8.6 fWAR.