Morrison's (hip) 2019 club option was not picked up by the Twins on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. After bashing 38 homers in 2017, Morrison put together a disappointing 2018 campaign with the Twins, slashing just .186/.276/.368 with 15 homers in 95 games before undergoing season-ending hip surgery in August. Given Morrison's struggles -- and his uncertain status heading into spring training -- Minnesota decided to pay his $1 million buyout rather than exercise his $8 million option for 2019.
Morrison (hip) was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Monday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Morrison has already been ruled out for the season after undergoing hip surgery, so the move has no effect on his timeline. It clears a roster spot for the Twins to purchase the contract of Gregorio Petit.
Morrison was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hip impingement, Dan Hayes of The Athletic Minnesota reports. The club provided clarity on LoMo's actual physical hindrance that will require season-ending surgery, and recovery could take 4-8 months, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. As it continues its rebuild, Minnesota will be hard-pressed to pick up Morrison's $8 million option for 2019 and will instead probably buy him out for $1 million.
Morrison was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday and will have season-ending surgery on his left hip, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The first baseman, who was deactivated after Saturday's game, concludes the 2018 campaign with a woeful .186/.276/.368 line, despite 15 homers, 39 RBI and 41 runs scored in 359 plate appearances. Given the sudden nature of the move, the club probably will release more details on the injury soon. Morrison has an $8 million club option for 2019, but that's almost certain to be declined and the team will likely elect a $1 million buyout.
Morrison is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Tigers, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Morrison will hit the bench for the second time in the last three games and he has not reached base in his last 16 plate appearances. The recently acquired Tyler Austin will serve as the Twins' designated hitter Saturday, batting fifth.