Morrison ends layoff of nearly 11 months
NEW YORK (AP) — On a rehabilitation assignment for Jacksonville at Birmingham, Ala., Logan Morrison noticed the Marlins’ game at the New York Mets was going on and on and on. So he sent Marlins manager Mike Redmond a text message.
“I guess I’m flying to New York tomorrow to pitch, too,” he recalled writing Saturday.
He was half right.
The Suns pinch hit for him in the third inning and Morrison prepared to get up at 5:15 a.m. for a flight to New York and his return to the major leagues after an absence of nearly 11 months.
Morrison was activated from the 60-day disabled list Sunday and started at first base against the New York Mets, his first big league appearance since July 28. He has been recovering from right knee surgery on Sept. 5.
“I still don’t think it’s 100 percent, but it’s pretty close, and I’m happy with it,” he said.
Morrison hit .179 with two homers and 10 RBIs in 56 at-bats during his minor league rehab assignment. Entering Sunday, Marlins first basemen had a .191 average this season with three homers and 18 RBIs.
“The toughest part is the natural doubt that sets in.” Morrison said. “It’s like, can I do this still? Am I going to be able to play? Am I going to be able to compete?”
He walked on four pitches in the second inning and immediately tested the knee with a slide into second base on Justin Ruggiano’s double-play grounder.
While Morrison rejoined the team, center fielder Chris Coghlan was put on the 15-day DL because of nerve irritation in his right calf. He had been playing with the injury for several weeks and left Saturday’s 2-1, 20-inning win in the middle of the eighth inning.
Coghlan said he’d been bothered by the calf for three weeks. It felt better Saturday after a day off and a rainout but worsened again.
“My muscle’s not firing. My calf, it hurts,” he said. “It feels like a real tight feeling that I can’t push.”
He said scans are planned for Monday. Coghlan was batting .297 before a 1-for-12 skid.
“We’ve got to get him healthy,” Redmond said. “Hopefully, it’s a short-term thing.”
Right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hasn’t played since April 29 because of a strained right hamstring, could be activated Monday.
“He could be available tomorrow,” Redmond said.
First baseman Casey Kotchman was likely to get Sunday off because of a tight side (oblique).