The outspoken and exuberant young Marlins' outfielder, Logan Morrison, will start the season on the 60-day disabled list. As teams finalized their 25-man rosters over the weekend, Morrison was placed on the DL thanks to surgery he underwent in September of last year.
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Morrison's right knee has taken longer to recovery from surgery than expected. He will not be eligible for a return until May 31st. By then the Marlins will have had a good look at some of their better prospects. Morrison's injury and others have allowed the Marlins to start the season with many prospects on the 40-man roster.
Of those prospects, the best one may be Jose Fernandez. The highest-rated prospect in the organization (according to MLB.com) is on the Opening Day roster. There is no word on when he will pitch and whether it will be out of the bullpen or in the rotation, but the fact that he is on the 25-man roster itself is surprising. And it's all thanks to Morrison's injury among others.
Morrison will be a nice boost for the Marlins when he returns in May or June, but the Marlins may be so far out of the race that it won't matter by then. The fact is, Miami could have used a full season with Morrison int he lineup in order to see what he can truly do. Morrison has not played more than 123 games in a season.
In his career, Morrison is a .250/.339/.442 hitter. Last season, in just 93 games-played, Morrison hit .230/.308/.399.
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