With the Miami Marlins scheduled to have its first full-squad workout at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter in just over a month, outfielder Logan Morrison said on Saturday that he is yet to hit, run, or throw.
"I'm not going to be able to run until the middle of February," Morrison said. "It'll take a week into spring training, then it will be a progression to lead up to bases at some point. I don't know when that will be."
Morrison has been plagued by a knee injury since 2011. In December of that year, Morrison had debridement surgery and hoped to make a strong comeback. Shortly after that surgery, though, Morrison said that his knee didn't feel right, leading to a second stint on the disabled list in 2012. In September, he underwent a more extensive procedure, which he was told would keep him out for four to six months.
"I knew it was going to be a while," Morrison said. "As far as knowing exactly when I'll be ready, I don't think anybody knows...I'm optimistic in the fact it doesn't hurt like it did last year. There's no pain like there was last year. There's no aching like there was last year."
Although he is not in pain, there must be some concern within the Marlins' front office. Morrison was expected to make the move from left field to first base, his primary position, in 2013.
Despite the fact that Morrison might be out to begin the season, Miami has several internal candidates that could temporarily play the position. Kevin Kouzmanoff and Joe Mahoney, who was acquired off of waivers from Baltimore, could play first, assuming they make the team.
Carlos Lee, who the Marlins traded for prior to the trade deadline last season, is a free agent possibility. Lee is a veteran, something this young Marlins team lacks, and is a consistent hitter that has had success against left-handed pitching.
Greg Dobbs could play first while Morrison rehabs, though if Lee was re-signed and plays first, he could be a pinch-hitter and a candidate to enter during a double switch, as Morrison won't likely be playing all nine innings upon returning.
As for Morrison, his focus continues to be getting healthy.
"I'll start that as soon as they let me," Morrison said. "That will be a progression as well. That won't hold me back from starting the season though...There's always that, 'Am I ever going to be the same' type deal in the back of my mind. It's a little scary, but at the same time I'm doing everything I can to help it out and if it doesn't happen, it doesn't happen. At least I know I went all out."
Logan Morrison Yet To Begin Rehab, Carlos Lee Should Be Considered
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