#Marlins mgr Mike Redmond said Logan Morrison is expected to start rehab assignment Monday with Jupiter
— Joe Capozzi (@joecapMARLINS) May 17, 2013
Morrison landed on the disabled list July with right knee inflammation. Morrison at the time hoped to return in two weeks, but admitted that he would likely be done for the season. During the 2011 season, LoMo battled knee tendinitis in the same knee and hurt it again crashing into a wall in Pittsburgh.
Ozzie Guillen, the Marlins manager in 2012, criticized the Miami Marlins and Morrison himself for not handling the situation with Logan properly.
“In the past, they do stupid [expletive] here,” Guillen told The Miami Herald and Palm Beach Post on Sunday. “They let him go to Asia and play and have his surgery knowing spring training is coming up. It isn’t going to happen again. I think it’s more important, the Miami Marlins, than the USA team, or whatever he was doing. I think they knew he had this problem during [last season]. I’m not going to blame anyone, but think about it. There’s a lot of [expletive] we’ve got to clean up, and that’s my job.”
The team allowed Morrison to play in an exhibition series overseas with a team of U.S. All-Stars, but Morrison had to have surgery in December after feeling pain in his knee.
LoMo missed part of spring training and was never able to really find his groove in 2012. He finished the season hitting just .230/.308/.399 with 11 home runs, 36 RBI and a .707 OPS in just 93 games played.
Morrison was expected to be ready for spring training this season, but the team decided to take a cautious approach with him. LoMo has been playing first base in extended spring training. He is expected to rehab with the Marlins High-A team, the Jupiter Hammerheads.
After a stint in Jupiter, LoMo could see some action with the Jacksonville Suns, the Marlins Double-A affiliate. The Suns will be in Birmingham to take on the Barons from June 7-11, so if LoMo is with the Suns then, fully expect me to be at one of those games.
Morrison is projected to hit a .259/.344/.446 slash line with a .342 wOBA and 15 homers. That is a huge improvement from the .211/.269/.273 slash line with a major league worst .240 woBA and just two home runs.