Jun 30, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Colorado Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau (33) singles during the sixth inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Washington Nationals defeated Colorado Rockies 7-3. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Colorado Rockies Place First Baseman Justin Morneau On The 15-Day Disabled List

The Colorado Rockies suffered another blow Monday afternoon as they had to place Justin Morneau on the 15-day disabled list with a strained neck, purchasing the contract of Ben Paulsen from Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Morneau, 33, was a key producer in the Colorado Rockies lineup right behind slugger Troy Tulowitzki. Morneau prior to the injury, hit .312/.345/.502 with 20 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs, and added in 60 RBI’s. What’s most impressive about the season Morneau is having is that he has only struck out 38 times in 333 at-bats.

Paulsen, 26, will be making his Major League debut Monday night against the Washington Nationals. Paulsen was a third-round pick by the Colorado Rockies in the 2009 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Clemson University. The righty in 95 games played this season has hit .291/.380/.524 with 24 doubles, 6 triples, 15 home runs, and 57 RBI’s.

The Rockies have had a tough year of the injury bug — what’s new? Troy Tulowitzki is day-to-day with a leg cramp while Charlie Blackmon returns to the lineup tonight after x-rays came back negative on his ankle.

Tags: Ben Paulsen Colorado Rockies Justin Morneau Troy Tulowitzki

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