The Marlins moved Logan Morrison to the 60-day disabled list last week, essentially ruling him out for the rest of the season, but now we can officially close the book on his disappointing campaign.
According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Morrison said earlier today that he’s scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his right knee next Wednesday. He’ll need about six months of recovery time, but should be ready for spring training next year. He had surgery on the very same knee last offseason.
Morrison, 25, batted just .230/.308/.399 with 11 home runs, 36 RBI and a .707 OPS over 93 games played this season. Given his knee issues over the past year and his poor defense in left field, it would be wise for the Marlins to use him exclusively at first base in 2013.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.