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Friday, September 12, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Michael Morse doubtful for weekend series

By on 9/12/2014 03:00:00 PM

This weekend the Giants, who have won 12 of their last 15 games, hope to close the two-game gap between them and the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead, but slugger Michael Morse probably won't be available for the series, according to Amy Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area.
Morse, 32, is hitting .280/.338/.477 (OPS+ 132) with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 130 games playing left field and first base. An MRI taken on September 2 revealed the injury. Although an oblique strain often requires a 6-8 week recovery period, the fact that Morse is swinging means he could play before the regular season ends. With Morse sidelined, the Giants have used Gregor Blanco in left field with Buster Posey or Travis Ishikawa at first base.
Michael Morse

Now in his 10th season, Morse is a career .281/.335/.474 hitter capable of slugging a long fly almost at will when he is healthy. Unfortunately, this is only his second season of over 120 games as "The Beast" has been sidelined with a series of injuries. In 2013 bone spurs in his wrist (which required postseason surgery) led to a down year (.215/.270/.381) as he split time between Seattle and Baltimore.

He was a part-time role player with the Mariners for the first four years of his career, but the Washington Nationals gave him a chance and he blossomed, averaging .296/.345/.516 over three seasons (2010-12). In 2012, he was a big part of the Washington Nationals' 98-win season, becoming a fan favorite.

Morse was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2000 (3rd round) and traded while still a minor leaguer (with Miguel Olivo and Jeremy Reed) to the Mariners for Ben Davis and Freddy Garcia. He made his major league debut on May 31, 2005. In what turned out to be a very one-sided deal, the Mariners sent him to the Nationals in June 2009 for Ryan Langerhans. He ended up back with the Mariners as part of a three-team trade (Nationals, Mariners, Athletics) in January 2013. As noted, his 2013 season was injury-ridden and unproductive, so the Mariners traded him to Baltimore for Xavier Avery on August 31, 2013. As a free agent, Morse signed a one-year $6 million contract with the Giants.

  (Rose Ingberman) and read her blog Lady and the Nats
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