Well folks, it looks like Logan Morrison’s season is coming to an end — if it really ever did truly start, that is.
Following Saturday’s game against the Tigers the Twins announced that their struggling first baseman/DH will be having season-ending on his left hip. Morrison’s achy breaky hips landed him on the DL earlier in July, and apparently the injury has just been lingering on like a Cranberries song. Perhaps the issue helps explain Morrison’s disastrous season at the plate. The dude is hitting only .186/.276/.368 with 15 home runs through 95 games. It was hardly the same player who walloped an impressive 38 home runs last year for the rays.
The actual surgery will take place sometime in the next two weeks, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com. Recovery will take anyway from four to eight months, so Morrison might not be ready until sometime around April next year. The Twins have an $8 million option for LoMo in 2019 with a $1 million buyout in case they decide to bid him farewell instead. The Twins paid Morrison $5.5 million for this season.
Losing Morrison is hardly a gut-punch to the team, especially with newcomer Tyler Austin being called up from Triple-A. Austin, who the Twins acquired from the Yankees in the Lance Lynn trade, hit a home run in his first game for Minnesota.
The Twins also have that Joe Mauer guy to help cover at first base.