On Logan Morrison’s right knee is a crisscross of scars left by a surgeon’s knife, with one noticeably fresher in appearance than the other. The latest operation, a “complete repair” of his patellar tendon, was performed four months ago. If all goes well, Morrison will return to the Marlins’ lineup next season as their first baseman.
But, if not….well, Morrison doesn’t care to think about that.
“There’s always that, ‘Am I ever going to be the same?’ in the back of my mind, so it’s a little scary,” Morrison acknowledged. “I’ll do everything I can to help it out, bust my [butt], and if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen.”
This much is certain: after forcing the issue and trying to bounce back too quickly from surgery last season, thereby compounding the damage to his delicate right knee, Morrison is taking a more cautious approach this time around. Morrison does not plan to run or even swing a bat until sometime in February, and says it’s possible he might not be ready to go Opening Day.