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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Michael Morse 'close' to ready for NLDS

By on 10/02/2014 05:45:00 PM

As we reported, Giants slugger Michael Morse sat out the Wild Card game on Wednesday as he recovers from a strained oblique. However, he is close enough to a a return that manager Bruce Bochy is waiting until the last moment to set his roster for Friday's NLDS opener against the Washington Nationals in DC, tweets Alex Pavlovic of the Bay Area News Group.

Morse, 32, is hitting .279/.336/.475 (OPS+ 130) with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games playing left field and first base. An MRI taken on September 2 revealed the injury. With Morse sidelined and Angel Pagan out for the season, the Giants used Gregor Blanco in center field and Travis Ishikawa in left field for the Wild Card game.
Michael Morse

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 over ten years. 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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