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LoMo Problems

Monday, July 30, 2012


Logan Morrison has been one of many disappointments on the Marlins this season, and now it looks like his season will end prematurely.

 

The Marlins placed the 24-year-old on the disabled list Sunday with inflammation in his right knee, but he still needs to undergo an MRI, and the fear is that he could have a tear of his patellar tendon. If that’s the case, LoMo would need season-ending surgery.

 

Having issues with his right knee is nothing new for Morrison, as he played through tendinitis in the knee for much of last season before undergoing arthroscopic surgery over the offseason. The knee has never felt quite right since then, though, and Morrison finally admitted as much to manager Ozzie Guillen over the weekend.

 

“There’s good days and there’s bad days, but, for the most part, there’s always something,” Morrison said in the Miami Herald. “It’s so frustrating, not even being able to run like I want to, much less hitting.”

 

If Morrison is indeed done for the season, he’ll end the year with a disappointing .230/.308/.399 batting line with 11 homers and 36 RBI. Austin Kearns seems likely to benefit the most playing time-wise from LoMo’s absence, though Donovan Solano and Bryan Petersen will be in the mix, as well.

 

Brian Roberts Goes Down Again

 

Morrison isn’t the only one that’s staring down season-ending surgery, as Brian Roberts has decided that a labral tear in his right hip will not heal without an operation. He’ll go under the knife sometime within the next 7-10 days.

 

“It just hasn't responded the way we were hoping it would,” Roberts said in the Baltimore Sun. “We kind of knew this was a possibility going into it, but we wanted to give it the best possible shot we could to get back out there and try and help for the last two months of the season. But it's not going to put me in a position to play the way I want to play and the way that I think it's necessary to help.”

 

It’s yet another major injury for the veteran infielder, as Roberts has been limited to 115 games since the beginning of the 2010 season, mostly due to concussion issues. He’ll need 4-6 months of rehab time, so the Orioles are hoping he’ll be ready to roll for the beginning of spring training. Of course, given his history, that’s anything but a safe bet. Robert Andino (shoulder) is expected to return from the DL Tuesday and will hold down second base.

 

 

 

National League Quick Hits: Huston Street has signed a two-year extension with the Padres that includes a team option for a third year. The Pads have now removed two potential trade targets from the market after locking up Street and Carlos Quentin … The Diamondbacks acquired Chris Johnson from the Astros in exchange for outfield prospects Bobby Borchering and Marc Krauss. Johnson will be Arizona’s everyday third baseman … Rafael Furcal didn’t start Sunday for the second straight game due to back stiffness. He’s considered day-to-day … Shaun Marcum (elbow) has resumed throwing from a mound after having a minor setback last week with his shoulder. Marcum could be a candidate to be traded next month once he’s healthy  … Adam LaRoche exited Sunday’s game with back tightness. He’s considered day-to-day … The Padres don’t seem to be thrilled with offers they’ve received for Chase Headley to this point and might be willing to wait until the offseason to trade him … Carlos Ruiz has been plagued by plantar fasciitis in his left foot over the last two weeks. He’s not expected to need a DL stint but could require periodic rest … Kevin Correia has requested a trade from the Pirates. He was recently demoted to the bullpen following the acquisition of Wandy Rodriguez … Both John Axford and Francisco Rodriguez were knocked around Sunday. The Brewers are going with a closer-by-committee, and Kameron Loe might be the next guy to get a shot.

 

American League Quick Hits: Neftali Feliz was scratched from Sunday’s rehab start after experiencing renewed discomfort in his right elbow. It’s not clear at this point how severe the setback is, but obviously Feliz won’t be rejoining the Rangers’ rotation anytime soon … Mike Trout was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a left knee contusion. It’s not considered to be a big deal, and he could return as soon as Monday for the series opener against the Rangers … Brandon League will reportedly be traded soon, though it’s not clear at this point who to. The veteran reliever boasts a 1.96 ERA since the beginning of June … Justin Morneau went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer in Sunday’s win over the Indians. He’s heating up just in time to possibly be dealt to a contender, boasting a .327 average in 13 games since the All-Star break … George Kottaras was acquired by the A’s Sunday in exchange for Fautino De Los Santos. He should play fairly regularly against right-handed pitching … Brandon Morrow (oblique) made the first of four scheduled rehab starts Sunday. He should be back in late August if all goes well … The Red Sox reportedly want to move Josh Beckett. But, as a 10-and-5 guy, Beckett can veto any trade … Carl Crawford is considering Tommy John surgery for his left elbow. He’ll make a decision in 7-10 days … Andy Pettitte’s recovery from an ankle injury is going slower than expected after he pushed it too hard on his rehab. He had been hoping to return on September 1, but that might not happen now.



Ryan Boyer is a baseball writer for Rotoworld. He can also be found on Twitter.
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