With the Major League Baseball trading deadline less than four days away, the Colorado Rockies will be a team to keep tabs on. Recently, the New York Mets inquired about All-Stars Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez in case the Rockies consider trading one or the other — or perhaps even both. A name to keep an eye on is first baseman Justin Morneau who will be coming off the disabled within the next week after a neck strain.
Morneau went down with a neck strain after the All-Star break probably from jerking his neck so much in the Home Run Derby. Morneau will begin a rehab stint at the Rockies Triple-A affiliate Colorado Springs Monday night.
Morneau, 33, was having an All-Star caliber season before going down with injury. The 6-foot-4, 233 pound first baseman was hitting at a line of .312/.345/.502 with 20 doubles, 2 triples, 13 home runs, 60 RBI’s, and 16 walks. As I’ve mention in previous articles, Morneau has struck out just 38 times this season in 333 at-bats which is unheard of.
One player that has made an impact on the big club since being called-up is rookie first baseman, Ben Paulsen. Many Rockies fans probably haven’t heard of his name until the past week but he has definitely caught our attention.
Since the Rockies inserted Paulsen into the lineup, all he has done is get on base — which is really good for the team if you didn’t know. The native of Plymouth, Wisconsin is riding a six-game hitting streak and is hitting at a line of .474/.524/.684 with 9 hits in 19 at-bats, including 4 doubles, 2 RBI’s, and 2 walks.
We will find out within the next couple of days if Morneau will be on the move.