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Giants Injury Update: Michael Morse activated and expected to start NLCS on bench

By on 10/11/2014 11:30:00 AM

UPDATE: The San Francisco Giants have activated outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse for the National League Championship Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Giants removed Gary Brown from the active roster to make room for Morse.

ORIGINAL: Although he has played in only one game since August 31 due to a left oblique strain, the San Francisco Giants expect to have outfielder/first baseman Michael Morse active for the National League Championship series.'s Anthony DiComo reports that manager Bruce Bochy plans to put Morse on the active roster and have him available as a pinch hitter for Game 1 with the St. Louis Cardinals Saturday night.

In his Friday night report, DiComo says that Morse's activation is really up to himself. Morse would let Bochy know by the roster deadline whether or not Morse can play. DiComo quoted Bochy saying, "Once we see him and talk to him, if all is fine, he is on the roster."

The Giants scored nine runs in their four games with the Washington Nationals in the division series but managed to win three of those games thanks to their pitching, which allowed nine runs. Morse provides extra power off the bench and eventually in the starting lineup when he is ready enough to resume that role. He hit 16 home runs and drove in 61 runs in 131 games for the Giants in 2014.

Activating Morse, though, means deactivating someone else. The Giants have removed outfielder Gary Brown from the active roster says's Adam Berry.

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