Via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle:
The Giants are holding a short workout today, and they made some news.
Manager Bruce Bochy said that Michael Morse is in Arizona getting at-bats in the instructional league. He will play in a couple of games, as late as Friday morning, then join the team in St. Louis for the NLCS.
The Giants had to rely on Travis Ishikawa and Juan Perez in left field for the Wild Card Game and NLDS, so getting Morse back could be a tremendous boost if even he’s not healthy enough to start every game of the best-of-seven Championship Series.
Morse batted .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 131 games this season for the Giants.
He made just two plate appearances in September because of a strained left oblique muscle.
Phillies star outfielder Bryce Harper played some third base during Monday’s intrasquad game at Citizens Bank Park, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. Harper had been pestering manager Joe Girardi for the opportunity and the skipper finally gave in.
Girardi told Harper, “No diving. And make sure your arm is loose.” Harper had the opportunity to field one ball, a grounder to his left and he made the play perfectly.
Why put Harper at third base? Girardi said, “I think it’s important the guys have fun. I saw him a week ago taking ground balls there and I was impressed. His hands worked well out front and he threw the ball across the field well. I told him, ‘You look good there.'”
Despite the solid showing, don’t expect Harper to show up at third base in a meaningful game anytime soon. That being said, the Phillies’ second and third base situations are still not cemented. Jean Segura will likely open the season at the hot corner with Scott Kingery at second, but things could change between now and Opening Day in 10 days.
Harper, 27, is coming off a solid first season with the Phillies. He hit .260/.372/.510 with 36 doubles, 35 home runs, 114 RBI, 98 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases across 682 plate appearances. Per FanGraphs, Harper’s 4.6 Wins Above Replacement ranked 16th in the National League. For some people, those numbers weren’t nearly good enough, so the expectations remain high as Harper enters year two of his 13-year, $330 million contract.