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Logan Morrison cleared for extended spring training games

May 7, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Logan Morrison is scheduled to begin playing in extended spring training games today as he recovers from offseason knee surgery.

It’ll be Morrison’s first game action since last July and as manager Mike Redmond told Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald: “He’s been able to run the bases and do his stuff.”

There’s no timetable yet for Morrison’s return from the disabled list, but the initial expectation was that he’d be out until late May or early June. Assuming he avoids a setback and is cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment within the next week or so, that timetable sounds about right.

He might even beat Giancarlo Stanton back from the DL.

  1. coryfor3 - May 7, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    But will he stay quiet? That’s what the marlins really want from him.

  2. Old Gator - May 7, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Oh great – the Feesh haven’t been stranding nearly enough runners in scoring position lately. Having Tweeter and his .154 RISP back in the lineup will really give the Astros a run for their poverty!

    • buddaley - May 7, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      I think your criticisms of Morrison are only superficially valid. But they are based on his ages 22-24 seasons, with only one really full year among the three. And they are just as likely random stats as meaningful.

      His career numbers with RISP are indeed poor. Over 310 plate appearances, his line is .192/.339/.310. Of course, in “late and close games”, his numbers are a more acceptable .252/.365/.459, and in medium leverage situations they are .285/.370/.514. In fact, I don’t think any of those numbers are terribly meaningful, but they indicate that one can cherry pick samples and use them to support one’s predetermined or anecdotally arrived at conclusion.

      More important is an analysis of his baseball skills. He has excellent plate discipline, especially for such a young player. He has displayed decent power. He is probably miscast as an outfielder, but might be an adequate first baseman. In other words, a team building for the future would do well to take the risk that his injuries have not ruined him. He has a chance to be a solid contributor.

      • Old Gator - May 7, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        I think it’s also erroneous to assume that during the seasons when he was trying to play hurt, he was hurt all the time. He wasn’t, and his RISP was still sub-Mendoza. Miscast as an outfielder? His patterns on running down fly balls are often mistaken for crop circles. He’s been around for three years and change now, and despite some very brief spurts of apparent concentration, he’s gone downhill every year from his moderately-better-than-mediocre first year. I frankly don’t get why the Feesh have been hanging onto him – other than that he wasn’t tradeable while hurt and has been hurt quite a bit. But two years ago the Cubs were talking about trading Garza to the Feesh and the deal collapsed because the Feesh wouldn’t part with Tweeter. I don’t expect anything meaningful out of him when he comes back, because he hasn’t contributed anything significant, aside from gracing the local idiom with “mantideophobia” (which would have been plenty in and of itself if he hadn’t been batting fifth and stranding more runners on second and third than the Titanic stranded passengers in its lifeboats).

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