Morneau went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer Friday against the Tigers. Morneau's first homer of 2016 gave the White Sox a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning of a home loss. He's now hit safely in four of his five starts since joining the White Sox, and he's hitting .278 in his short tenure with the club.
Morneau is out of the lineup Monday against Seattle. Morneau will likely be restricted to at-bats against right-handed pitching. With the Mariners starting southpaw Wade LeBlanc on Monday, the White Sox will start Avisail Garcia at DH. In 2014, the last time Morneau played over 100 games, he had an OPS of .927 against righties and just .665 against lefties.
Morneau went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first start as a White Sox on Saturday. Morneau had the chance to tie the game with runners in scoring position with two outs in the top of the ninth, and he instead whiffed by the hand of Matt Shoemaker. Morneau only had 23 rehab at-bats after his year-long layoff, so it may yet take him a little while to get into the swing of things.
Morneau will be in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Angels, CSN's Dan Hayes reports. Morneau was used off the bench and saw a pinch-hit at-bat Friday in his first game with his new squad, but he will get a chance to see a full set of at-bats Saturday night against Angels starter Matt Shoemaker.
Morneau (elbow) was activated from the 15-day DL prior to Friday's game against the Angels. The 35-year-old first baseman/designated hitter hit just .174/.321/.261 in eight rehab games between Triple-A and Double-A, but will give the White Sox some added depth on offense. Morneau, a left-handed hitter, makes for a nice platoon partner with righty Avisail Garcia at DH, although the White Sox may play him sparingly initially and let the veteran earn the larger share of that job.