This spring, the San Francisco Giants have plenty of questions as they attempt to rebound from a subpar 2013 season. One of the more prominent ones is the ability of left fielder Michael Morse to rebound from a wrist injury that derailed his 2013 campaign. While Morse went hitless in Wednesday’s spring training opener against the Oakland Athletics, he certainly looked good enough to invoke optimism about his ability to be successful once again.
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound outfielder ended up in a fierce battle with A’s right fielder Josh Reddick, as Reddick robbed two should-have-been homers as they were going over the fence. As Morse admitted following the contest, Reddick has a long history of making these types of plays, so it can be fairly assumed that against the majority of big-league right fielders Morse’s hits would have ended up as home runs.
Obviously no one is going to read too deeply into spring training performance, particularly in the first game of the year. However, there had to have been some concern that Morse’s offseason wrist surgery would take away some of his power, which has enabled him to have double-digit home run totals in every season since 2010.
His performance today followed up a week of strong performances during live batting practice, in which he hit long home runs on multiple occasions. This was particularly impressive considering that most hitters were still adjusting to facing big-league level competition and were lucky just to make some contact. With Morse’s showing thus far in workouts and then today’s game, a little bit of that concern can be eased. The man known as “The Beast” must prove that he can be durable over an entire season, but his early form as a power hitter is a very nice start.