Michael Morse got off to a huge start for the Mariners, hitting .293 with six homers in his first 10 games, but then he fractured his right pinkie finger and has struggled since returning.
Morse sat out just four days with the injury, but is 6-for-37 (.162) with zero homers and 12 strikeouts in nine games since rejoining the lineup.
Asked whether the injury was to blame for the slump, Morse admitted to Doug Miller of MLB.com that he’s not fully recovered yet but also said: “It’s not an excuse or anything. I’m not producing because of me, not my finger. I don’t look for excuses.”
Players have slumps all the time that aren’t related to injuries, of course, but if Morse says he’s not fully healthy it’s fairly natural to connect the dots. Fans and media members love to praise athletes for playing through injuries, but it’s not always so obvious that it’s a good thing for the team.
Mets special assistant J.P. Ricciardi told Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday that Matt Harvey will start Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. It will be the only start Harvey makes in the best-of-five versus Los Angeles.
Jacob deGrom is locked in for Game 1 (against Clayton Kershaw, presumably) and Noah Syndergaard will take Game 2 (versus Zack Greinke).
Harvey was the subject of a very public — and sometimes very nasty — innings-limit controversy for much of September. And it’s not yet clear how he’ll be used if the Mets get into the best-of-sevens.
Harvey registered a stellar 2.71 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 188/37 K/BB ratio in 189 1/3 innings this season for the National League East champions. He struck out 11 batters over six innings of one-run ball Saturday against the Nationals.
John Farrell will return to manage the Red Sox next season, provided he is healthy enough to do so, the club announced Sunday morning in a press release.
Torey Lovullo, who has been serving as Boston’s interim manager since Farrell was diagnosed with lymphoma, signed a two-year contract to return as Farrell’s bench coach. Lovullo also forfeited his right to pursue another managerial role with the new deal.
Farrell guided the Red Sox to the World Series title in 2013 and the problems with the Red Sox over the last two seasons have been more about roster construction.
Dave Dombrowski took over the front office from Ben Cherington back in mid-August and will try to turn things around this winter.
All of the other coaches on Farrell’s staff will return except first-base coach Arnie Beyeler.