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Colorado Rockies 1B Justin Morneau returns after nearly four months on DL

The batting champ is back in action for the Rockies.

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Justin Morneau played his first game as a Rockie since May 13th in Friday’s victory over the Giants. Morneau’s return — both this season and beyond — remained highly uncertain up until even a few weeks ago. But despite the fickle nature of head and neck injuries, the veteran was determined to finish the season in a Rockies uniform. The reigning batting champion didn’t miss a beat, lacing a base hit up the middle in his first plate appearance in nearly four months.
Dargan Southard of has quotes from Morneau and manager Walt Weiss on his return. To make room on the 40-man, OF/1B Matt McBride has been designated for assignment.

Rockies armed with potential MLB pitchers - The Denver Post

The Rockies farm system is stacked with all kinds of exciting prospects right now. Irv Moss of the Denver Post has the rundown on six minor league pitchers who have the stuff to make a place for themselves on future Rockies ball clubs.

Chris Rusin stating case for place in Rockies’ 2016 rotation - The Denver Post

After throwing his second complete game of the season Thursday, Rockies southpaw Chris Rusin has thrown himself into next season’s starting rotation discussion. With Jordan Lyles and Tyler Chatwood coming back from injury, the competition for the last spot is going to be a tough one. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post provides Weiss’s thoughts on Rusin’ s case.

Chris Rusin joined the rotation after Jordan Lyles’ unfortunate toe injury ended his season in late May. Since then, Rusin has gone 5-7 with a 4.78 ERA, but the lefty has done more for the Rockies than it would appear on paper. Rusin has given the team five innings or more of work in all but two of his 17 starts, and joins an elite list of Rockies pitchers to throw two or more complete games in a season — both of which have come at Coors Field.

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Here’s who the Colorado Rockies are sending to the Arizona Fall League - Roxpile

Bobby DeMuro of Roxpile has stats and notes on each of the Rockies’ known participants in this year’s Arizona Fall League. So far, Tommy Murphy, Matt Carasitti, Carlos Estevez, Sam Moll and Jordan Patterson have been announced, with two open slots still available. The Fall League is set to kick off October 13th.