Morrison signed a minor-league contract with the Reds on Friday. Morrison has played 997 games at the big-league level and is a slightly above-average hitter for his career, as his .238/.323/.425 line is good for a 105 wRC+. It's been several years since he was particularly useful, however, as he's hit just .183/.271/.365 in 133 games since the start of the 2018 season. He'll make at least one more attempt to get back to the majors and will look to impress at Triple-A Louisville, but expectations should be modest even if he does eventually earn a call-up.
Morrison rejected an outright assignment from the Brewers and elected free agency Friday. The veteran slugger spent the first couple weeks of the season on the active roster, but he was designated for assignment earlier in the week after going 3-for-25 with one homer and eight strikeouts in nine games. Morrison will hope to secure another major-league opportunity after failing to stick with the Brewers.
Morrison was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Monday. Morrison started six of the Brewers' first 13 games but failed to distinguish himself, hitting .120/.214/.280 over 28 plate appearances. He's unlikely to be a particularly appealing candidate on the waiver wire, as he's a 32-year-old first baseman who owns a .183/.271/.365 slash line over the last three seasons. Luis Urias (illness) was activated from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Morrison went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 8-3 loss to the Reds. This was a game to forget for Milwaukee, though Morrison's homer off Trevor Bauer -- his first of the year -- qualifies as a bright spot. He was off to a miserable start with two hits and zero walks in his first six games. Ryan Braun (finger) is due back after the minimum, but Morrison will remain in the mix for starts at first base and DH against right-handed pitching.
Morrison isn't in the lineup Monday against the White Sox. Morrison could see some extra time as the designated hitter after Ryan Braun (finger) was placed on the injured list and Lorenzo Cain opted out, but he'll play a bench role Monday. Ryon Healy will serve as the designated hitter and lead off in the series opener.
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