Morse recently accepted a position with the Nationals as a part-time analyst on pregame and postgame telecasts and acknowledged that his playing days are over, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Morse planned to retire after the 2016 season, but he ultimately changed his mind and inked a minor-league deal with the Giants in December of that year. He was promoted to the majors last April and hit .194/.250/.306 over 24 games before suffering a season-ending concussion May 29, 2017, when he was on the receiving end of an accidental punch from teammate Jeff Samardzija in the melee that ensued after Hunter Strickland infamously beaned Washington star Bryce Harper. Morse, 36, indicated he's no longer receiving treatment for post-concussion symptoms, but viewed the head injury as a sign that it was time to hang up his cleats. Morse retires with a .274 average and 105 career home runs over parts of 13 seasons in the majors with the Mariners, Nationals, Orioles, Giants, Marlins and Pirates.
Morse (concussion) is unlikely to play again this season, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
He will visit the team in Miami on Tuesday, but it sounds like his season (and possibly his career) is over. Morse has been sidelined for a couple months with a concussion, and at this point the risks of trying to return to the diamond may outweigh the potential reward. He hit .194 with one home run in 40 plate appearances this season, but his career line of .274/.331/.457 with 105 home runs in 2,813 plate appearances is much more respectable.
Morse (concussion) is still feeling the effects of his concussion and will need more time to recover, The San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea reports.
Morse originally landed on the DL on May 30 after colliding with Jeff Samardzija during a contest against the Nationals. Along with the concussion, Morse is dealing with a rib injury and has been feeling "foggy" lately while trying to ramp up his cardio. He should be reevaluated again soon.
Morse, who's on the 7-day concussion disabled list, is also dealing with a rib injury, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The outfielder was hurt during the Giants-Nationals brawl from May 29, and while a concussion was the reason he was deactivated, Morse also has another ding. He may take at least another week to resurface as a part-timer for this struggling offense.
Morse was placed on the 7-day concussion DL on Tuesday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
He collided with Jeff Samardzija during the dust up in Monday's game against the Nationals, and the effects of the collision are still lingering. He has a .194/.250/.306 slash line with one home run and 14 strikeouts in 40 plate appearances this season. Kelby Tomlinson was called up as a corresponding move.
Morse is batting .219/.257/.601 in 32 at-bats to start the season.
Morse had a rough start to the season, injuring his hamstring right before the end of spring training. After a couple of rehab starts in the minors, Morse was called up to the Giants on April 26. Since then, the 35-year-old has been mostly limited to pinch-hitting opportunities and the occasional start while Brandon Belt gets most of the playing time at first.
Morse started at first base and went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI in Sunday's loss to the Padres.
The 35-year-old was called up to provide some pop off the bench for the power-starved Giants, but he has been thrust into a regular role with the team lacking outfield depth. Morse has seen three consecutive starts at first base, with Brandon Belt moving to the outfield. He will likely move back to the bench once either Brandon Crawford (groin) or Denard Span (shoulder) returns, but the veteran could provide some cheap power in the interim for those in deep leagues.
Morse had his contract purchased from Triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
After suffering an untimely hamstring injury near the end of spring training, it appears Morse is finally ready to rejoin the Giants. The 35-year-old made it through six minor-league rehab starts without an issue (three at High-A, three at Triple-A), going 5-for-20 with three RBI. A corresponding roster move has yet to be announced, but he'll offer the Giants a bat off the bench while claiming occasional starts at first base.
Morse (hamstring) went 1-for-3 in Wednesday's rehab start with High-A San Jose, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.
The report states that the 35-year-old slugger could get a call to the majors as early as next week. The Giants have had an offensive black hole in left field all season, so any healthy bat who produces in that spot in the lineup -- even with poor defense -- could stick long term. Morse will have to prove that he is healthy and effective with a couple more rehab starts at the Triple-A level, but those in deep leagues looking for cheap power may want to take a low-risk shot on the veteran outfielder.
Morse (hamstring) is expected to leave extended spring training Sunday to join High-A San Jose, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
The veteran has been rehabbing from a hamstring injury that sidelined his chances of making the Giants' roster, but it appears he's ready to return to regular action. Morse is eventually expected to join Triple-A Sacramento once they return from their current road trip. The 35-year-old slugged two homers en route to a .258/.343/.516 slash line this spring, so there may be something left in the tank for a comeback attempt.
Morse (hamstring) is expected to resume playing in extended spring training games in the near future, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The hamstring injury Morse suffered in late March ended a possible bid for an Opening Day roster spot with the Giants, but he could warrant another look from the big club once he's able to get some game action back under his belt. The early return from the left field platoon of Jarrett Parker and Chris Marrero has been very underwhelming, and in order to optimize the offense, Brandon Belt could potentially move to the outfield in order to open up time at first base for Morse. However, given that Morse is 35 years old and struggled in his last extended run in the big leagues in 2015, fantasy owners shouldn't count on him to make much of an impact if he resurfaces with the Giants down the road.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday that Morse (hamstring) will require several weeks of rehab to recover from his injury, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
This timetable confirms the fact that Morse will not be available for the Giants on Opening Day. As a non-roster invitee, the 34-year-old will likely open his season at the Triple-A level upon recovery from his injury. He'll have a shot to work his way to the major leagues from there.
Morse said he would be out "awhile" after he sustained a hamstring injury Monday, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.
The injury essentially closes the door on Morse's chances of making the Giants' Opening Day roster, and his standing as a non-roster invitee means the team won't be able to stash him on the DL. As a result, Morse will likely have to prove himself at Triple-A once he's healthy again before he receives another opportunity at the big-league level.
Morse suffered a left hamstring injury Monday, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
The Giants haven't commented on the extent of Morse's injury, which he sustained while rounding first base, but it's unfortunate timing, given that he had put himself in strong position for an Opening Day spot. Since Morse is a non-roster invitee, the Giants won't have the luxury of stashing him on the disabled list to begin the season, so the team may be forced to cut him if he fails to recover from the injury in quick fashion.
Morse is "definitely in the argument" to make the Giants' roster out of spring training, CSN Bay Area reports.
After a bit of a sluggish start to camp, the veteran's bat has come alive, bringing his Cactus League OPS up to 1.016 in his 27 plate appearances. Of course, his ability to break camp with the big league squad comes with the caveat that San Francisco would need to DFA someone to make room for Morse on the 40-man, but his ability to come off the bench and change the game with one swing certainly could warrant such a move. This situation is one worth monitoring as the conclusion of spring training nears.
Morse hit two home runs Saturday, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI in a split-squad win over the Reds.
It's probably safe to say that Morse's bat has arrived in Arizona. After getting off to a slow start, the slugger has smacked three homers over his last three games. An everyday job is unlikely for the 34-year-old, but the veteran could hit his way into a bench role with his former club if he keeps the power going.
Morse was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in Wednesday's exhibition against Team Puerto Rico.
The home run was Morse's first of the spring campaign; he was batting .214 (3-for-14) prior to Wednesday's exhibition game. The 35-year-old slugger is currently fighting for a bench spot on the 25-man roster. He is considered a long shot to make the cut with the Giants having Buster Posey and Conor Gillespie as primary backups to Brandon Belt at first base. Morse would likely have to earn a spot as a fifth outfielder, but his sub-par defense may hold him back from even earning a job in that capacity.
Morse is one of 28 non-roster invitees the Giants will bring to Arizona for spring training, CSN Bay Area reports.
Morse hadn't done much over his last two seasons with the Marlins and the Pirates (five homers and 19 RBI in 264 plate appearances), but he did have deep league value as a power bat the last time he was on San Francisco's roster in 2014 (16 homers and 61 RBI). While an aging slugger shouldn't generate much fantasy interest, there is an outside chance that he could win the vacant starting job in left field with a strong spring. Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker are the clear favorites to land the job, but the Giants have built a reputation of favoring veterans over unproven youngsters, so Morse should be given a chance to compete and could be worth a late-round flyer in NL-only formats.
Morse signed a minor league deal with the Giants on Friday, Baseball America's Matt Eddy reports.
It is not clear if Morse will receive an invitation to spring training, but that seems likely, given his veteran standing and the fact that he has played in the big leagues as recently as this past season with the Pirates. That said, he seems unlikely to break camp with the big club, as the Giants are set at first base with Brandon Belt and Buster Posey, and Morse's outfield defense is pretty awful.
Morse was unconditionally released from the Pirates on Thursday, Adam Berry of MLB.com reports.
Morse had previously been designated for assignment but has now been released by the Pirates. The 34-year-old went 0-for-8 in six games this season and will now begin looking for another team.
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