Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen confirmed to reporters Friday that outfielder Logan Morrison and right-handed reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo both had successful surgery. Morrison had surgery on his knee Wednesday and Oviedo underwent Tommy John surgery Thursday.
“Now the easy thing is over. The worst thing is coming: rehab. When you have surgery you fall asleep and wake up. Now the hard program is coming up and I expect him to be ready for spring training.”
Morrison ended his season July 28. He finished 2012 in Miami playing 93 games this season batting .230/.308/.399 with 11 home runs and 36 RBI. Morrison was replaced in the lineup by Bryan Petersen. As his replacement, Petersen has batted .215/.295/.272 in 60 games with zero homers and 12 RBI.
With Oviedo’s season over, it could be his last in a Marlins uniform. He is expected to miss most of the 2013 season and with the controversy that had surrounded him dating back to the end of last season. Oviedo was using a false identity (Leo Nunez) for seven years and it only was uncovered in 2011. Oveido was suspended for the first eight weeks of the season and did not make an appearance.
Leaving Oviedo behind will not do much for the bullpen as he did not even pitch this year. However, the Marlins will have to get one more piece for the bullpen this year as it has been incredibly inconsistent this season. The ‘pen had blown over 15 seasons most of them coming from the combined effort of Heath Bell and Steve Cishek.
The organization will have to come together to add more assurance to the bullpen next season.
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