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.