It is early in Spring Training. This time of year many players miss games for precautionary reasons with early bumps and bruises. Some of these dings warrant reactions and worries and some do not.
The Colorado Rockies are hoping that the stiff neck that kept first baseman Justin Morneau out of action Monday is nothing more than a blip in the first days of March.
Justin Morneau has stiff neck.. Day to day… #Rockies
— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) March 4, 2014
The Rockies have a lot riding on the newly signed Morneau, arguably too much riding on a guy who might be nothing more than a platoon player at this point. Not only is Morneau tasked with being the Opening Day first baseman the season after the retirement of Todd Helton, but the team traded promising center fielder Dexter Fowler to clear the cap space to sign Morneau.
Odds are that this injury is nothing to fret about, but given Morneau’s struggles with concussions in the past the team is not going to mess around with anything head or neck related. It will be a welcome sight for many, the Rockies front office included, when Morneau is back on the field this month.