Morrison is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Red Sox, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Morrison is hitting just .170/.235/.298 through 14 games in June, so he'll head to the bench for Tuesday's series opener with a difficult lefty in Chris Sale starting for the Red Sox. Robbie Grossman is starting at DH and hitting fifth in his stead.
Morrison went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and three RBI in Saturday's 9-3 win over Cleveland. Morrison came into the game with a putrid .150/.190/.250 slash line through 12 games in June, but Joe Mauer's return to the lineup seemed to put a spark in his bat, at least for one day. Morrison's .650 OPS on the year remains well below last year's .869 mark, or even his .755 career average, and the 30-year-old will need to find some sustained success if he wants to keep a regular spot in the Twins lineup once players like Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco (suspension) are back in the fold.
Morrison went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Sunday against the Angels. Morrison took Nick Tropeano deep in the first inning for his seventh home run of the season. He continues to flash sporadic power -- this was his second home run in his past nine games -- but has failed to come close to replicating his 2017 season through 178 at-bats this season. However, his peripherals fall largely in line with his breakout campaign, most notable of which is his flyball rate remaining above 40 percent, so this performance may be what he needs to get going at the plate.
Morrison (back) will start at first base and bat out of the cleanup spot against the White Sox on Thursday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Morrison was able to join Wednesday's contest as a pinch hitter after sitting out the prior two games due to back stiffness. There shouldn't be much concern over his status moving forward, though it wouldn't be surprising to see him sit during one of the Twins' outings this weekend.
Morrison (back) is available off the bench Wednesday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The back stiffness that has kept Morrison on the bench for the past three games is seemingly close to gone, and his availability off the bench Wednesday suggests he'll be able to avoid a trip to the disabled list. Robbie Grossman is starting at DH in his stead.
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