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Morgan deals with broken finger, frustration

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Outfielder Nyjer Morgan had calmed down enough by Friday to discuss his latest setback.

After fracturing his left middle finger on a bunt play only two days after returning from a thigh injury, Morgan had trouble controlling his emotions Thursday night in the visiting clubhouse in Atlanta.

"I had to vent," said Morgan, who admitted kicking a hole in the drywall in the visiting clubhouse there.

"I thought the planets were lined up. I feel like I've been living right. Just give me a break, but not this kind of break."

Morgan went back on the 15-day disabled list after X-rays revealed a fracture near the tip of his left middle finger, which was struck by the ball when he dropped down a sacrifice bunt in the eighth inning of the series finale in Atlanta.

"I just wanted to stick my nose in there and get it down," said Morgan. "I knew he was going to try to bury that two-seamer in on me. It kind of pinched my finger. At first I thought I had a compound fracture.

"It's just two fluke plays (including a collision at the plate in Pittsburgh that caused the thigh injury). I've just got to keep a positive attitude and root on the boys. It's still one of the best groups I've ever been with."

Morgan's bad luck turned out to be good luck for outfielder Brandon Boggs, who was recalled from Class AAA Nashville to replace him. First, Boggs had to accept the outright assignment before he could be recalled. He had been outrighted on Tuesday when Morgan came off the DL and had until Saturday to decide to accept or declare free agency.

Boggs said he hadn't decided what to do when the Brewers made it easy on him by recalling him.

"I hadn't made my decision yet," said Boggs. "It's a big decision. I was still talking to my agent. You're not going to make that decision quick."

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