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.
Morris has opted to undergo surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports. Morris has been mulling the decision for the last few days, and he'll opt to finally undergo the procedure, noting that his back has bothered him for the last two years. The expectation is that the surgery will end his 2016 season, though manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that there's a slight chance Morris could return near the end of the season.
Morris (back) is slated to meet with the team physician Tuesday to make a decision about undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disc, MLB.com reports. Morris noted that the injury has been nagging him since dating back to 2014 and while he was able to pitch through it for the last two seasons, the symptoms have become too intense to manage of late. It sounds as though Morris is leaning towards the surgery, which would knock him out until 2017, but no decision has been made; we should get confirmation either way in the coming days.