Michael Morse received a cortisone injection, hopes to return Tuesday

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CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly is reporting that Giants 1B/OF Michael Morse returned to San Francisco to receive a cortisone injection for his ailing oblique. Manager Bruce Bochy hopes his slugger will be able to return to the lineup on Tuesday.

Morse, 32, hasn’t played since August 31. He has put together a solid season for the Giants after joining them on a one-year, $6 million deal in December. He has a .280/.338/.477 slash line with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 480 plate appearances.

Morse had been playing first base towards the end of August, which allowed Gregor Blanco more time in left field. In three games prior to tonight, the Giants had used Joaquin Arias, Buster Posey, and Travis Ishikawa at first base. Ishikawa started at first base again in tonight’s game against the Tigers.

Gallegos agrees to 2-year, $11M contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.