Rockies' Morneau back from 4-month DL stint after concussion

DENVER (AP) Justin Morneau was back in the Colorado Rockies' starting lineup on Friday after being reinstated from the 60-day disabled list due to concussion symptoms that sidelined him nearly four months.

His appearance against the San Francisco Giants was his first game since May 13, when he sustained a head injury diving for a ground ball during a game at the Los Angeles Angels.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said it had ''been a long road back,'' noting that Morneau, who battled concussion issues earlier in his career, ''still has the passion to play.''

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The 2014 NL batting champion, Morneau was hitting .290 with three homers and nine RBIs in 27 games before suffering the injury. He said throughout his rehab that his hope was to come back before the end of the season.