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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Giants Injury Update: Michael Morse should be available for NLCS

By on 10/08/2014 02:00:00 PM

San Francisco Giants outfielder Michael Morse expects to be able to play in the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, reports Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News:

Morse has been limited to one appearance since August 31 due to a strained right oblique. While he has not faced live pitching in a few weeks, Morse says he has fully recovered and will likely be added to San Francisco's NLCS roster.

When healthy, Morse is one of the more effective power hitters in the Giants' lineup. Morse hit .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs in 131 games in 2014.

The Giants used a couple of different players in left field in the NLDS victory over the Washington Nationals, with Travis Ishikawa starting the first three games and Juan Perez starting Game 4 against left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Ishikawa picked up two hits and two walks in 15 plate appearances during the series.

Manager Bruce Bochy will have a decision to make, as Morse is the superior offensive option, but may be rusty after missing so much time and is not a good defensive player. San Francisco's offense was not particularly good during the NLDS, but did enough behind strong pitching to beat Washington in four games. 

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