Morneau placed on 7-day concussion DL

Morneau placed on 7-day concussion DL

LOS ANGELES -- The Rockies placed first baseman Justin Morneau on the seven-day concussion disabled list with a cervical neck sprain and concussion symptoms on Saturday.

Morneau was injured diving for a ball Wednesday against the Angels, but told reporters this week he had a neck issue but not the dizziness that the club announced he had. However, manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies tested him for a concussion, given a history that includes a 2010 concussion that has put him at risk for further head injuries.

The Rockies recalled infielder-outfielder Rafael Ynoa from Triple-A Albuquerque. Ynoa was sent down Thursday when the Rockies activated right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis.

Worth noting

• Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was not in the lineup Saturday after suffering left quad tightness and leaving Friday's game in the third inning. But Weiss said he will evaluate him before making a decision on Sunday's game.

"It's actually a lot more positive than I expected it to be when I talked to him today," Weiss said. "You think the worst when you think about his history. It took me back to Pittsburgh last year, when he ran down the line and had to come out of the game. It was the first thing I thought of. It's positive news today, all things considered."

In his 91st appearance last year, Tulowitzki felt pain in his left quadriceps and hip area while bursting from the batter's box after a swing against the Pirates. It led to season-ending surgery to repair a torn hip labrum.

While resting the leg Saturday, he did receive a treat -- a visit in the clubhouse from Dodgers Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, who was around for the Dodgers' Old Timers Game.

• Righty Jordan Lyles, who left a start Wednesday against the Angels after being hit by an Albert Pujols line drive, threw a bullpen session Saturday well enough that it's possible he can make his next turn, Monday against the Phillies.

"His hand still doesn't look that great but he threw a pretty good 'pen today, so it's encouraging," Weiss said.

• Rockies right-hander LaTroy Hawkins, on the disabled list with right biceps tendinitis, threw 28 pitches Friday night while throwing two-thirds of an inning at Triple-A Albuquerque during an injury rehab assignment.

"He's going to make at least another appearance," Weiss said. "He got a little extended last night but health-wise everything went good."

• The 18 strikeouts recorded by Rockies batters during Friday night's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers was a club record for a nine-inning game. The Rockies also fanned 14 times in each of their previous two contests, making them the first team in the modern era (since 1900) to strike out 14 or more times in three straight games.

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