Morrison (hip) debuted at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 8 and has appeared in four games, going 2-for-14 with two runs and no RBI. Morrison came to terms on a minor-league deal with the Yankees back on April 19, but he required additional time to build up at extended spring training while he worked back from offseason hip surgery. With appearances in four consecutive days, Morrison looks like he's back to full strength, but he'll likely need to improve his numbers before garnering serious consideration for a promotion to the big club. The Yankees still have multiple key hitters on the injured list, but the recent returns of Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier and Miguel Andujar probably hurt Morrison's chances of earning a callup anytime soon.
Morrison (hip) signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees on Friday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports. The Yankees have been decimated by injuries and could use any healthy and effective bat, but there's some question whether Morrison fits either of those categories. The veteran's 2018 campaign was cut short by season-ending hip surgery in August, and he failed to land with a team during spring training, so it's unclear how soon he'll be ready to play. There's no guarantee he'll provide much value if healthy, as he hit just .186/.276/.368 in 95 games for the Twins last season.
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.