Reports are that Logan Morrison, out since September with surgery on his knee, won’t be able to run for at least a month. Not good considering that Spring Training is only one month away. Most likely though, the Marlins’ young first baseman won’t be ready to take the field on opening day.
Other opinions start to take shape that perhaps the Marlins have just mismanaged LoMo’s injury and this is further evidence. Extending back to last spring training when the Marlins had both Gaby Sanchez and Logan Morrison in camp, instead of letting LoMo rest, they went ahead and rolled him out in LF, straining his injury further.
So, here we are a year later and LoMo is right back where he was. The difference is, the Fish are all out of depth as Sanchez is now gone. This doesn’t look like a great start to the upcoming season, which is already being labeled a “throw away” by many cynical Marlin fans – those that remain anyway. So, who are some alternatives?
Joe Frisaro has some ideas in mind. Greg Dobbs? Joe Mahoney? Why not Kyle Jensen?
Jensen hit 24 home runs last season in Jacksonville and although is projected as an OF, there is so much depth there it would suit him well to play some 1B. He reportedly impressed in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .330 with 5HRs. So much so that even the Miami Herald took notice. But he does K a lot – I mean, a lot: 162 in 445 ABs. That is 36%.
Spring Training is right around the corner and we have another LoMo injury to deal with. The question remains, can he be a productive MLB hitter like most have projected? Or is his knee injury going to prove too damaging to his long term health in this game? More importantly, the Marlins short term success will definitely take a hit in a lineup without LoMo’s bat there to help protect Giancarlo Stanton.