Tag:Nyjer Morgan
Posted on: July 23, 2011 9:44 pm
Edited on: July 23, 2011 9:50 pm

Morgan admits celebration was 'too aggressive'

Nyjer MorganBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The frame-by-frame video showed Nyjer Morgan didn't give the middle finger to Giants fans on Friday, but the hand gesture was certainly interpreted as such by many -- and the intent obviously wasn't friendly.

Morgan made the gesture after running down Nate Schierholtz's fly ball for the second out of the seventh inning in Milwaukee's 4-2 victory on Friday -- see it here

After playfully answering questions following Friday's game, Morgan had a discussion with manager Ron Roenicke and expressed some contrition before Saturday's game in San Francisco.

From Tom Haudricourt of the Journal Sentinel:

"I didn't flip them off," said Morgan. "I know it's still a family show. I just brought it up too high. I was too aggressive.

"I had just made a nice play. I was excited.

"I'm still going to be me. I'm just going to be more careful. I've just got to understand what to do and what not to do. But I'm still going to play with the same intensity, the same energy."

Morgan was roundly booed before his first plate appearance on Saturday and promptly grounded into a double play, bringing plenty of cheers.

If it were any other player other than Morgan, it's doubtful his gesture from Friday night would have been as big of a deal. However, few players would have done that in the first place. Morgan has been a controversial player in Pittsburgh and Washington before coming to the Brewers -- but he's that type of player you love if he's on your team and you loathe if he's on the other team. He plays hard and isn't afraid to be demonstrative. That rubs a lot of people the wrong way, but I'll take effort and exuberance over a lack of effort any day.

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:47 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 9:59 am

Pepper: Beltran OK with trade

By C. Trent Rosecrans

BASEBALL TODAY: NESN.com's Tony Lee joins Lauren Shehadi to talk about tonight's Red Sox-Phillies matchup, as well as the Brewers' struggles in the Bronx and the surprising Pittsburgh Pirates.

Carlos Beltran told the New York Post he would waive his no-trade rights if the Mets wanted to move him, but it would have to be the right situation.

"The team is always going to do what is best for the team, and as a player you have to make decision if the trade makes sense or not," Beltran told the Post.

The Mets are 40-39, but 9 1/2 games behind the Phillies and five games behind the Braves in the National League East. They're also five games back in the wild card, trailing Atlanta, Arizona, St. Louis and Pittsburgh and tied with Cincinnati.

Beltran is in the final season of his contract, and the Mets have already agreed not to offer him arbitration, which means neither the Mets nor any other team that acquires him for the stretch run will get free-agent compensation if Beltran signs elsewhere after the season.

The 34-year-old is hitting .281/.373/.489 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI this season. While he has an injury history, when healthy, he's still one of baseball's premier players.

SETBACK FOR JOHNSON: Bad news for the Marlins: Right-hander Josh Johnson will have his shoulder examined by Dr. James Andrews today. Johnson reported stiffness in his shoulder after throwing a bullpen Friday. Johnson is in the second year of a four-year, $39 million contract. [Miami Herald]

BUCHHOLZ DELAYED: Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz is unlikely to make his July 4 start against the Blue Jays. Buchholz is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, but he may need more time to recover from his lower back strain. [Boston Globe]

BASTARDO TO CLOSE: With yet another Phillies closer on the disabled list, lefty Antonio Bastardo will get the first shot at closing, manager Charlie Manuel said. Right-hander Michael Stutes could get the call if a particularly tough right-handed lineup is scheduled for the ninth. Ryan Madson went on the DL with a bruised right hand. [MLB.com]

SOX STANDING PAT?: MLB.com's Peter Gammons tweets the Red Sox can't add payroll this season. It looks as if they'll have to make due with that paltry $160 million payroll. How can they compete?

GENTLEMAN'S NAME: Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan explains his "gentleman's name" -- Tony Plush, also known as T-Plush, of course. [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]

BOURJOS BLOOMING: An adjustment to his stance and swing has paid off for Angels center-fielder Peter Bourjos, who is hitting .328 in June with 14 strikeouts after hitting just .176 with 31 strikeouts in May. [Orange County Register]

TIME TO SIGN GORDON: Is it time for the Royals to lock up Alex Gordon? The one-time savior of the franchise has served his time as a bust before busting out this season, hitting .294/.363/.481 so far in 2011. [Kansas City Star]

OGANDO OPTION: The Rangers could option Alexi Ogando to Triple-A until after the All-Star break, but just to get rest. After starting the season 7-0 with a 2.10 ERA in his first 12 starts, the former reliever has gone 0-3 with a 9.31 ERA in his last three starts. The Rangers could make a move if Ogando doesn't pitch well Friday against the Marlins. [MLB.com]

Rockies WANT 2B HELP: The Rockies are targeting the Dodgers' Jamey Carroll and other second basemen, but probably won't be able to afford the price of another starter. The team could also look at Orlando Cabrera if the Indians fall out of the race next month. Both Jonathan Herrera and Chris Nelson are slumping for the Rockies. [Denver Post]

MORE REIMOLD: Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants to use Nolan Reimold more. Maybe he should talk to the manager and make that happen. [MLB.com]

BULLPEN BUBBLES: Who better to judge a bubblegum taste-test than relievers? That's at least what the Washingtonian thought. The winners were Bubble Yum and Dubble Bubble. The video, though, is the key.

WHO DOESN'T LIKE NICKELBACK AND CREED?: Yeah, we've all thought it and said it to our buddies, but Riley Breckenridge, drummer for the band Thrice, wrote it for OC Weekly -- MLB players have terrible taste in music.

ANOTHER CALL FOR REPLAY: Good column by Gil LeBreton of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram calling for replay in baseball. I agree with LeBreton that umpiring hasn't suddenly gotten worse; it's that replay has gotten better with HD and every game televised, so we see the mistakes more.

FRANKRUPT: So those killjoys at MLB.com won't let you order a Chapter 11 Dodgers jersey, well, you can still get these cool "Frankrupt" T-shirts.

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Posted on: May 30, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 8:15 pm

Gomez, Morgan to platoon in center for Brewers


By Evan Brunell

The Milwaukee Brewers finally welcomed Nyjer Morgan back from the disabled list on Friday, and he delivered by getting two hits and scoring two runs against Tim Lincecum. Morgan then slid over to right Saturday and watched Carlos Gomez (pictured) crank an inside-the-park home run and then punched a single in four at-bats on Sunday.

That's likely how things will continue to go for Morgan, who will be in a platoon with Gomez as the Brewers try to tap into Morgan's offense while keeping Gomez's defense in the lineup. With Morgan's return, manager Ron Roenicke intends to go with the hot hand as Gomez's .223/.280/.343 line in 166 at-bats erased a productive spring. You could forgive Roenicke for giving Gomez the bulk of the playing time in center up until now, even though Morgan being on the DL simplified things. Gomez is just 25 and looked like he could be figuring things out with a .390 batting average in spring training. At this point, Gomez is who he is: a gifted defender with an inability to hit.

"The defense makes it hard to get Gomez out of the lineup," Roenicke told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He saves us a lot of runs defensively, and that's one of the reasons I keep putting him back out there. What he gives you offensively, we'll pick and choose."

Despite Gomez's awful .280 on-base percentage, he leads the team with 13 stolen bases, so he can impact the team in other ways on offense. But the whole idea at the plate is to get on base, not to steal a base the rare time you get on base. That's where Morgan figures in. He's not as good as Gomez defensively, but his career .346 OBP is 50 points better and he can steal around 40 bases a season if given enough playing time.

The negative when it comes to Morgan's base-stealing is that he gets caught a lot -- to the point where he shouldn't have a green light to steal on his own. His 17 caught-stealing marks in 2009 and 2010 led all of baseball. The other aspect that could figure into playing time is handedness. Gomez is right-handed, while Morgan hits left-handed.

"I don't know if we'll go to a straight platoon with those guys," Roenicke added. "But I think whoever's doing well is certainly going to get most of the playing time."

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Posted on: May 29, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: May 30, 2011 8:19 am

Posey officially out for the season

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Buster PoseyLast May 29, Buster Posey made his 2010 debut, going 3-for-4 with three RBI and starting his charge toward the Rookie of the Year award and a World Series title. On the same day a year later, he underwent surgery to repair three ligaments in his left ankle, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Baggarly later tweeted that Giants trainer Dave Groeschner said Posey was officially out for the rest of the season. Posey had two screws inserted into his ankle and will have another surgery to remove those screws in eight to 10 weeks. Posey won't be able to walk on his own for three months, Baggarly wrote.

Days after Posey's season was likely ended by a play at the plate with Florida's Scott Cousins, the debate about what to do about collisions at the plate is still going strong.

One of the latest to chime in is Florida Marlins catcher John Baker, who was not at the game because he is coming back from Tommy John surgery. Writing for Yahoo!'s Big League Stew, Baker simultaneously defends his teammate and also expresses sympathy for a fellow catcher (not to mention getting a shot in at Nyjer Morgan).

Besides the typical, who was right, who was wrong arguments -- I think Baker makes two really interesting points.

1. The fact Posey was the one hurt made it bigger news than it would have been had it been, say, Scott Baker.

I know that Buster Posey is a rising star, but let's rewind to last season when Nyjer Morgan went out of his way to hit Brett Hayes (effectively ending his season and sparking an ugly brawl the next day) in what was clearly a dirty play. How come no one was on PTI arguing for a rule change then?

And if it wasn't Cousins who hit Posey, but instead someone like Tulowitzki, or Pujols, what then? Would the term "dirty play" be used? Apparently to get some attention in baseball you have to be a star with a World Series ring. Don't worry Hayeser, I've got your back (so does Gaby).

2. Baker favors a compromise for a rule change and dubs it the "Buster Posey rule":

If the runner is forced to slide, then the catcher cannot be allowed to block the plate (like the collegiate rule). Because throws aren't always on line, contact still will happen, but I can't disagree that everyone would be safer.

Where else in sports can you get a 90-foot head start and run full speed into a grossly under-padded target looking in a different direction? Not the NFL, NHL, NBA, or even the fighting sports. In mixed martial arts and boxing, both combatants understand the rules. Buster Posey never even had a chance to "protect himself at all times."

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Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 1:31 pm

Nyjer Morgan could return to Brewers on Friday

By Evan Brunell

MorganNyjer Morgan is on the comeback trail from a fractured middle left finger. He will play in his second extended spring training game Wednesday, and should be activated from the disabled list this Friday,  the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Morgan will join a Brewers team on the rise. They've won five in a row and eight of their last 10 to pull into a tie for second place with the Reds, 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis. Morgan's arrival will put the Brewers at full strength for essentially the first time all season.

Morgan won't light the world on fire and is clearly hitting over his head with his current .379/.419/.586 line in 35 plate appearances fitted in-between two separate DL stints. But he's significantly better than incumbent Carlos Gomez, even if Morgan slips to his .285/.346/.365 line, which the Brew Crew would absolutely take.

Gomez is a solid fielder, but his offense is even more putrid than it has ever been during his four years of extensive playing time. He currently has a .222/.281/.327 line. At this point in Gomez's career, he is who he is: a great defender who can't hit a lick. Sure, he's only 25, but he has over 1,600 plate appearances at the major-league level. That's plenty enough to draw conclusions.

While Milwaukee shouldn't give up on Gomez, it does need to slot Morgan into center field to give the team a better offensive boost. Currently, Milwaukee has a Rickie Weeks-Corey Hart tandem at the top of the order, and only recently pushed Gomez out of the two-hole. When Morgan returns, he'll likely do so at the bottom of the order as the Brewers won't want to mess with what is working. But if he can eventually ascend to the leadoff spot, that will push Weeks or Hart into a power-production spot, deepening the lineup that much more instead of being exposed once the No. 6 hitter strides to the plate.

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Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:49 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2011 11:55 pm

Brewers' Morgan out with broken finger

Nyjer Morgan

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Two days after coming off the disabled list, Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan is headed back to the DL. Morgan suffered a broken left middle finger and is out two to four weeks. He suffered the injury trying to bunt in the eighth inning of the Brewres' loss to the Braves, but stayed in the game for the bottom of the eighth inning.

Morgan executed a successful sacrifice bunt, even though the ball hit his hand and knee before landing in fair territory. The ball should have been called dead, but instead the runner went to second and Morgan was thrown out at first.

Morgan lost the Nationals' center field job in spring training to Rick Ankiel before being traded to the Brewers. In Milwaukee, Morgan's produced, hitting .379/.419/.586 in 15 games. He came off the disabled list on Tuesday with a bruised right thigh.

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Posted on: May 3, 2011 8:20 pm

Brewers place pitcher on DL with sleep disorder

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Zach BraddockI almost missed it, just because I wasn't too excited about Nyjer Morgan's return from the disabled list, but the Brewers placed left-hander Zach Braddock on the disabled list with a sleep disorder.

Say what?

"This is a real thing," manager Ron Roenicke told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's seeing doctors and having testing for 10 days. The testing confirmed it is a sleep disorder."

Braddock was 0-1 with a 2.79 ERA in 12 games this season, striking out nine batters in 9 2/3 innings, walking six. Last season he struck out 41 in 33 2/3 innings, going 1-2 with a 3.94 ERA.

Braddock has had some of the same issues that fellow Brewers pitcher Zack Greinke had when he was diagnosed with social anxiety disorder, and now he's getting treated.

"It's just a sleep issue that we've had test on in the past week," Braddock said. "Right now, the baseball schedule isn't conducive to figuring it out. It's the best interests of mine and the team to take some time off and deal with it.

"I'm not a doctor but I'm guessing it's something I've had my entire life. I'm not sure. I hope it can be [addressed in 15 days]. I'm working closely with the team doctors. I'll do whatever the team wants me to do."

It's not something I've ever seen before, but a couple of years ago nobody reported any kind of depression or other types of mental issues on injury reports. Sleep disorders are a serious issue (and, well, I have a consultation on one later this month) and good for Braddock and the Brewers for recognizing this and being proactive about this issue. If he gets it figured out now, it could pay off later in the season.

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Posted on: April 8, 2011 3:12 pm

Morgan pops off, insults Nationals

By Evan Brunell

MorganNyjer Morgan had fightin' words for his former team in the Nationals on Thursday on ESPN Milwaukee 540. Morgan continues to attract controversy even after pledging that he turned over a new leaf. He forced his way out of Washington after concluding he didn't feel he was a fit for the team anymore, even as he was technically still in the race to win the starting centerfield job.

Now a Brewer, Morgan said "basically, the process was the Nationals wanted to get rid of me," and "just the way I play" was the reason he got traded. 

But Morgan didn't stop there, saying "it feels good to be in a baseball city" (as opposed to Washington). Ouch. While Milwaukee has a passionate fan base, DC has a tremendous baseball history and the Orioles down the street, so it's a low blow. But he wasn't finished.

"I haven't been on a three-game winning streak in about two years now, so that feels unbelievable," Morgan said.

Of course, while Washington is 2-4, the Brewers aren't far behind at 3-4. Morgan does have a .462/.500/.692 line to his name in 15 plate appearances however. He's appeared in every game so far as either a starter or backup as he tries to wrest the starting job away from Carlos Gomez.

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