Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison will be examined by a team doctor this afternoon. If everything checks out with his strained left foot, he could be cleared to begin a rehab assignment as soon as Monday.
According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, Morrison has been taking batting practice for about a week and was able to run the bases Sunday morning without any abnormal pain or discomfort.
The Marlins are hoping that their 23-year-old left fielder will be ready in time for next weekend’s series against the Nationals in the nation’s capital.
Morrison opened the season with a .327/.424/.636 batting line, four home runs and 11 RBI through his first 15 games. Emilio Bonifacio has been drawing regular starts in left over the past couple of weeks.
Update (5:55 PM ET): It’s official. The Mets have optioned Phillip Evans to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Bautista on the 25-man roster. Bautista will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Marlins.
SNY’s Andy Martino reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Jose Bautista. This doesn’t come as a surprise, as the Mets were rumored to be interested in him on Monday, a day after the Braves released him.
Bautista, 37, struggled to a .593 OPS in 40 plate appearances with the Braves. He’s coming off of his worst season as a regular, as he hit .203 in 157 games last year with the Blue Jays.
Bautista mostly played in the outfield for the Jays, but played third base for the Braves. The Mets need depth at both third base and in the outfield due to injuries to Todd Frazier, Yoenis Cespedes, and Juan Lagares.
It will be interesting to see who loses their roster spot to accomodate Bautista. I suggested earlier it should be Jose Reyes.