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Logan Morrison’s status for Opening Day in question as he rehabs from knee surgery

Jan 12, 2013, 3:31 PM EST

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When Logan Morrison underwent season-ending surgery in September to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, many assumed that he would have enough time to be ready for Opening Day. But that may not be the case.

According to the excellent Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Morrison said today that he has has yet to hit, throw or even run since the surgery. While he’s expected to make the move from left field to first base this season, his readiness for Opening Day is now in question.

“I’m not going to be able to run until the middle of February,” he said. “It’ll take a week into spring training, then it will be a progression to lead up to bases at some point. I don’t know when that will be.”

If Morrison needs some extra rehab time, Greg Dobbs would likely function as a placeholder at first base, though Kevin Kouzmanoff and Joe Mahoney could also be in the mix.

Morrison was limited to just 93 games last season and had surgery on the very same knee last winter. Since hitting .283/.390/.447 in 62 games as a rookie in 2009, the 25-year-old has an underwhelming .240/.321/.441 batting line.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    I seriously doubt if the Feesh will have any problem replacing his .154 RSP in the batting order, or his lack of agility at first base. They blew a chance to rid themselves of Tweeter last orfseason when, for reasons best known only to themselves, GMs from both leagues were actively inquiring about him. Now they just need to hope that his bionic knee holds up well enough until the July trading deadline so that some team needing a little punchlessness off the bench will trade him for their ballboy, or maybe leave him out on waivers in the hope that he’ll be creamed by a shmeagle.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 12, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      “Tweeter”? Until he is able to run properly, he should be called “Slow Mo”.

      • Sign Ahead - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Slo Mo is a very catchy nickname, but (to me at least) the most memorable thing he’s done is a very ill-considered tweet. I’d love to see him do something more impressive, but until he does he’ll be “Tweeter” to me.

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