After a disappointing injury-plagued season that dramatically cut into his playing time in 2012, the Miami Marlins were counting on Logan Morrison to make good on his 23-homer 2011 and be a primary contributor to team’s offense along with Giancarlo Stanton, especially after the team dramatically stripped its payroll in the off-season.
Well, it turns out that might not happen, as the first baseman is still hurting from the knee issues that slowed him down last season.
As Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports, Morrison is still recovering from the knee surgery that was done in September last year, and will not be running “at full strength” when the Marlins open camp in Spring Training. He’ll eventually be cleared to do so towards the start of the season, but that the knee is still an issue is arguably the team’s most significant red flag going into 2013.
It’s a shame, too, because the 25-year old Morrison still has a lot of upside, and is one of the more active players on the Marlins team as far as reaching out to their fan base is concerned. Sure, he’s young, and there are going to be occasional missteps on Twitter, but LoMo is a well-liked character overall, and a good guy that once represented a bright part of the team’s future.
He still can, but the process will be slow, and his development has no doubt been stunted due to the knee issues that have bothered him in the last couple of years. Though injuries are not always something predictable, you could make the argument that Marlins have a fair share of responsibility here for shifting their first-baseman of the future to the outfield, a position that he probably shouldn’t have been playing in to begin with.
It was in 2011, his first full season, that the knee issues began to crop up for LoMo. Two years later, the same balky knees might cause him to miss the opening of the 2013 season.
Fortunately, the Marlins are going to make the right choice by sticking him at first base full time – but will it be a little too late?