The Colorado Rockies have placed almost their entire roster on the disabled list this season. They added a big name to that list on Monday when they placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the DL.
The team announced the move.
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This is especially bad news for Morneau, as the last few years of his career have been sabotaged by head and neck injuries. Morneau went into the All-Star break healthy and even participated in the Home Run Derby, but he has yet to play in the second half.
Morneau now joins a list that includes Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gonzalez, Nolan Arenado, and Wilin Rosario as far as position players to miss time on the disabled list in Colorado this season. That doesn’t even mention the fact that the team has already had to use 12 starting pitchers and that they also lost Boone Logan to the DL on Monday.
That means that, in the last 24 hours, the Rockies have placed their biggest additions to the lineup and to the bullpen from this past off-season on the DL.
The Rockies probably weren’t a good team anyway, but we will never know if they were anything but a doormat in 2014 because of the rash of injuries that has hit their roster. The cruel irony is that their injury prone star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has stayed relatively healthy and avoided the DL. That is supposed to be this team’s recipe for success, but as this year’s team has learned, it doesn’t really work if everybody else gets hurt.