JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Logan Morrison stepped on a treadmill Thursday, which kept him on track for a comeback.
Morrison played in pain last year, hit poorly and ran with difficulty as the Miami Marlins' season unraveled. He underwent knee surgery Sept. 5 and received medical clearance this week to begin a running program.
"I didn't think I was going to be so excited to hear I was going to be able to run on a treadmill," he said. "I got pretty pumped up after eight months not being able to run. And before that, when I did run, it wasn't very fun because it was painful."
The Marlins badly need for Morrison to regain his swing of 2011, when he hit 23 home runs in 123 games. He and Giancarlo Stanton are the only returning players from last year's opening day lineup.
Following the Marlins' dismal 2012 season, Morrison could have become part of their dismantling, but there was little market for a gimpy first baseman who batted .230 and sat out the final two months.
So Morrison's back,...