Morris notched his second victory of the season Friday, tossing a clean inning with two strikeouts in a comeback win over St. Louis. The 30-year-old has fared well since being called up to the majors, striking out nine batters over 9.2 innings of work. His 4.66 ERA doesn't look pretty, but it is being inflated by a low 61.5 percent strand rate, resulting in a much cleaner 2.27 FIP. The Giants have several proven right-handed options to use in the late innings of close games, so Morris will remain in middle relief until a spot opens up.
Morris was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Sunday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Morris signed a minor-league pact with the Giants this offseason and was hobbled by a foot fracture early in the season that caused him to miss some time. The 30-year-old has tossed three scoreless innings with Triple-A Sacramento this season and figures to operate in a low-leverage role for the Giants moving forward.
Morris, who is recovering from a fracture in his foot, is still two weeks away from throwing again, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Barring any setbacks, two weeks is the earliest Morris could begin throwing again, though it could easily prove to be longer. Given that Opening Day is less than two weeks away, the 29-year-old will start his season in the minors when he's healthy.
Morris signed a minor league deal with the Giants as a non-roster invite Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. Morris pitched 17.2 innings across 24 games for the Marlins last season, holding a 3.06 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. If you look beyond the ERA, however, he had some problems. He posted a strikeout rate of just 6.62 K/9 to go along with high walk (5.09 BB/9) and home-run (2.0 HR/9) rates. He's never relied on strikeouts, so that was no surprise, but his walk and home-run rates were concerning, though the sample size was small. He'll fight for a spot in the Giants' bullpen this spring.
The Marlins activated Morris (back) from the disabled list Tuesday and designated him for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. Morris has recovered from the surgical procedure he underwent on his back earlier this season, but the Marlins apparently do not have a spot for him on the 40-man roster at this time. Morris does own a 2.80 ERA over 211 big-league outings, so he figures to garner interest on the waiver wire.
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