Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday that Morse (hamstring) will require several weeks of rehab to recover from his injury, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports. This timetable confirms the fact that Morse will not be available for the Giants on Opening Day. As a non-roster invitee, the 34-year-old will likely open his season at the Triple-A level upon recovery from his injury. He'll have a shot to work his way to the major leagues from there.
Morse said he would be out "awhile" after he sustained a hamstring injury Monday, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. The injury essentially closes the door on Morse's chances of making the Giants' Opening Day roster, and his standing as a non-roster invitee means the team won't be able to stash him on the DL. As a result, Morse will likely have to prove himself at Triple-A once he's healthy again before he receives another opportunity at the big-league level.
Morse suffered a left hamstring injury Monday, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports. The Giants haven't commented on the extent of Morse's injury, which he sustained while rounding first base, but it's unfortunate timing, given that he had put himself in strong position for an Opening Day spot. Since Morse is a non-roster invitee, the Giants won't have the luxury of stashing him on the disabled list to begin the season, so the team may be forced to cut him if he fails to recover from the injury in quick fashion.
Morse went deep twice Saturday, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI in a split-squad win over the Reds. It's probably safe to say that Morse's bat has arrived in Arizona. After getting off to a slow start, the slugger has smacked three homers over his last three games. An everyday job is unlikely for the 34-year-old, but he could hit his way into a bench role with his former club if he keeps the power going.
Morse was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's exhibition against Team Puerto Rico. The home run was Morse's first of the spring campaign; he was batting .214 (3-for-14) prior to Wednesday's exhibition game. The 35-year-old slugger is currently fighting for a bench spot on the 25-man roster. He is considered a long shot to make the cut with the Giants having Buster Posey and Conor Gillespie as primary backups to Brandon Belt at first base. Morse would likely have to earn a spot as a fifth outfielder, but his sub-par defense may hold him back from even earning a job in that capacity.