7/27/2014 3:57 P.M. ET
Morneau hoping to return to Rockies' lineup Tuesday
By Thomas Harding / MLB.com
DENVER -- Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau took batting practice Sunday morning for the second straight day, will play at Triple-A Colorado Springs on Monday and then campaign to be activated Tuesday in Chicago.
Morneau sustained a neck strain coming out of the All-Star break. Now that he feels better -- he not only hit, but he took fielding practice Sunday -- he wants to be in the lineup as soon as possible.
"I'll see if I need one or two games, but hopefully it'll be one and I'll be ready to come off [the disabled list] on Tuesday," Morneau said. "That's up for negotiation.
"The wind might be blowing out that extra day at Wrigley."
Morneau is hitting .312 with 13 home runs and 60 RBIs in 89 games.
Tulo to have dry needling procedure on hip
DENVER -- Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki will undergo a dry needling procedure on his left hip Monday in Philadelphia, Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said Sunday.
Dry needling is using tiny needle punctures to create bleeding to promote healing. The procedure is being done by Dr. William C. Meyers, the same leg and core muscle specialist who performed a procedure to remove scar tissue from Tulowitzki's groin in 2012.
Rockies head athletic trainer Keith Dugger said he sent MRI results to various specialists and set up Tulowitzki's procedure.
"It's not a very invasive thing -- we do it all the time here and he's had it done before," Dugger said. "You use an ultrasound. You get in there where you have the original tear off the stump and just kind of create a little blood right there. You don't want it to scar too much, which is why you don't do PRP [plasma-rich platelet] or stem cell in there."
Dugger said the procedure will not change the expected two-to-three-week healing period.
Tulowitzki's leg muscle injuries have been well chronicled -- a left quadriceps tendon tear in 2008, groin issues near the 2011 All-Star break and the one that required surgery in 2012. Although Tulowitzki spends lengthy periods before and after games on maintenance of the muscles, there is always the risk of injury based on the history.
"We've sent his MRI out to several doctors, and he's dealing with a soft-tissue strain and we need to take care of it," Dugger said. "Any time you have a major muscle tear like he did before, there is an imbalance, no doubt about it."
Logan set for rehab outing at Triple-A
DENVER -- Hope and frustration will collide when Rockies left-hander Boone Logan pitches for Triple-A Colorado Springs on an injury rehab assignment Monday.
Logan was eligible Sunday to return from the 15-day disabled list, where he has been placed because of diverticulitis (a digestive ailment). It's part of a frustrating season for Logan, who signed a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the club during the offseason but has been on the DL twice because of elbow issues and now because of the digestive ailment.
At the end of last season with the Yankees, Logan (2-1, 6.11 ERA in 25 games) underwent surgery to remove bone chips and shave a bone spur in the elbow, so it was possible that he would struggle with elbow issues. Still, the interruptions for that and the digestive problem have been difficult.
"I haven't been on the DL my whole career and I sign a nice three-year deal to help the team, but get hurt the first year," Logan said. "It's very frustrating. It kills me even more because I get paid to pitch and I'm not pitching."
The digestive ailment flared in a strange manner. Logan was unavailable in Pittsburgh last weekend because of neck stiffness. But when the digestive ailment was discovered, Logan said doctors told him that ailments on one side of the midsection often lead to pain in the opposite neck-shoulder area.
For what it's worth, the benefit is that Logan's arm is rested.
"My arm feels the best it's felt in as long as I can remember," Logan said. "What makes it real frustrating is I'm on the DL for a couple of weeks with something else. You want to perform and help out your team."
Logan said after he pitches Monday, he will campaign to be activated immediately, but he doesn't know the team's plans. Manager Walt Weiss did not rule out bringing Logan back Tuesday, depending on how Monday goes.
Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, and follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.