LoMo on DL til end of May
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Logan Morrison’s injury and expected recovery time, coupled with the need to free up 40-man roster space, led to what transpired on Sunday.
In one of the wildest Opening Day Eve’s in team history, the Marlins announced they have selected the contracts of seven players. That’s right, seven players in camp on non-roster invitations are on the 25-man roster, which was set on Sunday.
You can actually say the number was eight, because catcher Miguel Olivo, a non-roster invitee who was in Spring Training with the Reds, signed a one-year deal with Miami on Friday. But technically, seven were added on Sunday, the day before the Marlins open against the Nationals.
Needing to make tough calls, the Marlins opted to place Morrison on the 60-day disabled list, which means he won’t be able to play until May 31, at the earliest.
Morrison is recovering from right knee surgery, and he missed all of Spring Training. The left-handed hitting first baseman had been running on an anti-gravity treadmill, and he is starting to swing the bat in the cages. In April, he will increase his baseball-related activities.
Best case scenario was that he would be ready in early May. But that deadline was not looking realistic, so the team instead decided to place him on the 60-day DL, which will keep him out the first two months.
All along, the plan was for Morrison to be fully recovered and not rush back. While the Marlins will be without his services for a couple of months, he still could be a big factor in the final four months of the season.
The Marlins are looking for a left-handed hitter with power. A healthy Morrison still may provide that.
– Joe Frisaro