Rox claim Germen, send Morneau to 60-day DL

Rox claim Germen, send Morneau to 60-day DL

DENVER -- The Rockies claimed right-hander Gonzalez Germen off waivers from the Cubs and optioned him to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Colorado transferred first basemen Justin Morneau to the 60-day disabled list.

Germen pitched in six games with Chicago early in the season but has spent the last two months with Triple-A Iowa, where he was 5-1 with a 3.78 ERA in 24 games.

Morneau, meanwhile, has been out since mid-May with a cervical strain and concussion symptoms, but Rockies manager Walt Weiss said the move was solely roster-related.

"Just needed to create a spot, so his condition hasn't changed," Weiss said. "It's pretty much the same -- good days and bad days. We feel like he is improving when we look at the big picture, so the move wasn't made because his condition is deteriorating."

Worth noting

• Former first-round pick David Dahl went 1-for-3 with an RBI in his first rehab game with Class A short season Boise on Monday. Dahl is recovering from a late-May outfield collision that forced the removal of his spleen.

• Outfielder Corey Dickerson -- in the midst of his second DL stint this season because of plantar fasciitis -- has been working on change-of-direction activities, such as sprints and agilities. Dickerson, however, hasn't been able to do any of those drills in baseball cleats, but he hopes that changes soon.

Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.