The Marlins had a miserable .198/.268/.272 batting line from their first basemen coming into play today, but the club should get a boost at the position in the coming days.
According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, Logan Morrison is expected to be activated from the disabled list for Monday’s series opener against the Brewers.
Morrison, who had surgery last September to repair a torn patellar tendon in his right knee, is hitting .182 (10-for-55) with two homers in 15 rehab games between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. However, the important part is that he hasn’t suffered any setbacks with the knee. And hey, it’s not like he could be worse than what the Marlins have been putting out there.
After posting an .811 OPS between 2010-2011, Morrison dropped down to a .707 OPS in 93 games last year. His knee has been an issue for a long time now, so perhaps some improved health will set him up for that long-awaited breakout. Remember, he’s still just 25 years old.
Giancarlo Stanton likely isn’t far behind Morrison, though the Marlins may push him back for a couple of days due to rained out rehab games. The young slugger has been sidelined since April 29 with a strained right hamstring.
Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon was released from his minor league deal with the Rangers on Saturday, MLB.com’s TR Sullivan reports. Despite his strong showing in spring training, Colon wasn’t considered a lock to make the Opening Day rotation. This may not be the end of his time with the team, however — according to multiple reports, the Rangers have expressed their desire to restructure a minor league deal with the right-hander and could work out an arrangement to keep him on as bullpen and Triple-A depth this season.
Colon, 44, is preparing for his 21st year in the majors. He split his 2017 campaign with the Braves and Twins, posting a cumulative 7-14 record in 28 starts and finishing the season with a 6.48 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 5.6 SO/9 in 143 innings. While those numbers were some of the worst he’d seen since 2009, the veteran righty made a compelling case in camp this spring, holding batters to six earned runs, four home runs, two walks and 10 strikeouts in 18 innings.
The Rangers are expected to open the season with a rotation comprised of Cole Hamels, Doug Fister, Matt Moore, Mike Minor and Martin Perez. Perez is working his way back from an elbow injury in his non-throwing arm and is slated to miss his first start of the season, which would provide a brief window of opportunity for Colon when the Rangers hit the road in April.