Morrison (forearm) made a successful return from the DL in Monday's victory over the Padres while serving as the DH, going 1-for-3 with an RBI double and driving in another run after being hit by a pitch. He also scored once. The veteran made a successful debut at his new position of DH, opening the scoring by getting plunked and driving in Kevin Kiermaier in the first, and then plating Matt Duffy in the eighth with a two-bagger. Morrison's new position is the end result of the musical chairs prompted by Duffy's ascension to the big league club following the conclusion of his rehab for an Achilles injury suffered while he was still with the Giants. Brad Miller has primarily taken Morrison's first base job, leaving the latter to focus solely on hitting for the time being.
Morrison (forearm) was activated from the disabled list Monday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Morrison hit the DL in late July with tendinitis in hi forearm, but he'll return to the Rays after finishing up a rehab assignment over the weekend. The first baseman had been struggling -- 2-of-his-last-23 at the plate -- prior to hitting the DL, and he'll look to improve upon the .228/.324/.411 slash line he holds through 294 at-bats on the season. In order to free up a roster spot for Morrison, the Rays optioned Dylan Floro to Triple-A Durham.
Morrison was placed on the 15-day DL Friday with a forearm strain, Steve Carney of 620wdae reports. Morrison missed six games recently with forearm tendinitis and although he returned to play the Rays' last two games, it appears the injury has resurfaced and is forcing him to the disabled list. Steve Pearce figures to see increased playing time at first base during Morrison's absence.
Morrison is out of the lineup Friday against the Yankees, Steve Carney of Tampa Bay Sports Radio reports. Morrison will have the day off as the Rays opt to start Steve Pearce at first base. Since returning from his wrist injury, Morrison has gone 0-for-5 at the plate and is now hitting just .228/.304/.371 for the season.
Morrison is starting at first base and hitting sixth Wednesday against the Dodgers, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports. He was expected to return Wednesday, and that has come to fruition. Morrison made a pinch-hit appearance Tuesday after missing six games with forearm tendinitis. A former top prospect in the Marlins' system back in 2010, Morrison appears to be on the verge of washing out of MLB, as he has performed below replacement level (-0.1 fWAR) for the second year in a row.
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