Morrison returns, ready to move forward
MIAMI — Logan Morrison, sporting a Hanley Ramirez t-shirt, stood at his locker on Wednesday afternoon talking about being glad to be back.
The Marlins recalled Morrison from Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday, after he spent the minimal 10 days after he was optioned to the Minor Leagues.
“It hasn’t been easy, but take it in stride and deal with it and just keep moving forward, keep pushing forward,” said Morrison, who was back in left field and hitting third in the first game against the Reds on Wednesday afternoon.
A fan favorite and promising talent, Morrison had a 10-minute chat with manager Jack McKeon before he addressed the media.
The message being delivered to Morrison, who turns 24 on Thursday, is to move forward and get behind the circumstances that led to him being sent down.
“He’s a good kid really,” McKeon said. “I talked to him earlier. He understands the situation. I’m sure you are going to see a different guy.”
The Marlins optioned Morrison to the Minor Leagues shortly after he missed a mandatory event with season ticket holders.
Did he view the move as a punishment?
“I don’t know. I try not to think about any of that stuff,” Morrison said. “It’s hard enough hitting a baseball, so just kind of deal with that and go from there.”
Morrison is batting .249 with 17 homers and 60 RBIs.
During his stint at Triple-A, the Marlins went 1-7.
Morrison and the Marlins expect more production in the final weeks.
“I’m not a .249 hitter, or .240 hitter, .250 hitter, I see myself as more of a .300 hitter, but it’s part of the game,” Morrison said. “The struggle. You have ups, you have downs, you have good seasons, you have bad seasons. Just take these next five weeks, work to get better and hopefully get the average up a little bit. If not, just grind it out and grind out at-bats and grind out games.”
Morrison says he wore the Hanley Ramirez “H2R Boombah” t-shirt because it was in his locker.
– Joe Frisaro