With the acquisition of Gorkys Hernandez, it looks all too certain that Logan Morrison will opt for season ending knee surgery. It will put an end to a disappointing season for the young left fielder whose team, likewise, failed to meet expectations.
The Palm Beach Post is reporting he is considering the possibility to have knee surgery, but with Hernandez acquired to play CF, this means that Justin Ruggiano will most likely be moved to LF to fill Morrison’s role. Ruggiano has been a hot hitter, hitting .318 with 1 HR over the last 7 days and will get a strong look the rest of the season.
The injury was worked on during the offseason, but started to show signs of damage back in May when it looked like the repaired tear in his patella tendon resurfaced. The original plan was to play through it and repair it again in the offseason, but now LoMo has been placed on the 15 day DL with a 20 day rest in the plans.
Interestingly, Ozzie Guillen had some choice words about the rehab process with LoMo and hinted at the way the Marlins organization handled it in the past. The criticism is warranted, however, as perhaps the Marlins mishandled Morrison’s injury in order to put him on the field.
“If you got some problem, I don’t want you to wait till (bleeping) February and do what you need. You get it done now and move on…In the past they did stupid (expletive) here. They let him go to Asia to play then have surgery knowing spring training is coming up. It ain’t going to happen again. We worry about more (expletive) off the field than we worry about what happens here.”
Morrison, however, has been a disappointment largely with his bat this season, hitting .230 with 11HRs. He has 58 Ks, 31 BBs, and 68 Hs so far, which is not all that much different when compared to the pace of last season’s production. Questions are starting to be asked about what kind of an MLB hitter Morrison is, as he typically showed greater plate discipline and the ability to hit for both average and power at the minor league level. Perhaps the rash of injuries surrounding his knee have been a larger factor than we previously have known.