Morneau accepted a position Monday as a special assistant in the Twins front office, effectively ending his playing career, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The 36-year-old Morneau had been hopeful to keep his career going during the 2017 season, but was unable to find an opportunity. He'll now officially hang up his cleats after 14 MLB seasons with the Twins, Pirates, Rockies and White Sox and retire with a lifetime .281/.348/.481 batting line and 247 home runs. It's no surprise that he'll choose to remain around the game as a member of the Twins organization, with whom he spent his first 11 seasons, highlighted by an AL MVP-winning campaign in 2006.
Morneau is out of the lineup Saturday against the Twins, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. With lefty Hector Santiago due up for Minnesota, Morneau will head to the bench, affording Avisail Garcia a start at DH. Morneau, who will be a free agent again this winter, figures to back in there to face right-hander Jose Berrios in Sunday's season finale.
Morneau homered and knocked in three in a 2-for-3 game Monday against the Rays. Morneau was hitting a brutal .224/.296/.306 without a home run in 14 games in September before Monday's slump-busting performance. He owns just a .258/.296/.437 line on the year. Morneau has already said he is undecided on his playing status for 2017, and his performance this year hasn't suggested he has much left in the tank.
Morneau (neck) said he hopes to return to the lineup Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports. Morneau has missed nearly a week after tweaking his oft-troublesome neck during batting practice. Morneau also said he is undecided about playing in 2017.
Morneau (neck) remains out of the lineup for Saturday's tilt with the Royals, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio AM reports. With the neck injury keeping Morneau on the bench for a fifth straight game, Avisail Garcia will handle the DH duties. The White Sox haven't provided much clarity on Morneau's injury situation, but given his advancing age and the team's place in the standing, it wouldn't be surprising if he saw light usage or was shut down for the final two weeks of the season.