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Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau making the most of his return from the DL

It's back to business as usual after an extensive DL stint for Justin Morneau, Brandon Barnes likely done for the season.

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Justin Morneau’s return to Rockies marked a success - The Denver Post

After losing nearly four months of the season to a cervical neck strain and concussion symptoms, Justin Morneau has not missed a beat since returning to the Rockies. Morneau is batting .356 with two triples since being activated September 3rd.

For much of his time on the disabled list, there were questions about wether or not the 34-year old veteran’s career had been forced to an end, but Morneau was adamant about returning before season’s end.

It isn’t the first time Morneau has bounced back from a near early retirement. A concussion suffered on a head-first slide into second base in 2010 limited Morneau to 81 games. He played in just 69 the following year when he underwent surgery to remove a herniated disc fragment from his neck.

Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post has quotes from Morneau and manager Walt Weiss on the first baseman’s successful return, and what his future with the Rockies may be.

Rox’s Brandon Barnes likely to miss rest of year -

A left hamstring strain has likely closed the book on Brandon Barnes’s 2015 season, the Rockies announced Friday. Barnes was lifted in the sixth inning of Wednesday’s game, replaced by rookie, Kyle Parker. Parker, the only other true right-handed outfielder off the Rockies' bench, is the most logical candidate to take over Barnes's playing time. Barnes appeared in 108 games for the Rockies, posting a .241/.314/.341 line.

At 85, she’s a valuable member of the Rockies’ team at Coors Field - The Denver Post

Irv Moss of The Denver Post provides a fun, feel-good piece on 85-year old Leona Bender, Coors Field event services staff member.