Twins first baseman Logan Morrison is done for the season. The team placed him on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a left hip impingement, for which he’ll have to undergo season-ending surgery sometime in the near future. The expected recovery period is anywhere from 4-8 months, which makes a potential comeback impossible in the remaining seven weeks of the 2018 season.
It’s not clear what triggered the injury in the first place, but Morrison told reporters that he had been battling the pain since spring, if not longer. There’s a chance he’ll be able to make a full recovery by the start of spring training in 2019, but it’s not yet clear whether the Twins will be inclined to exercise his $8 million option this fall. Even taking his injury into account, the 30-year-old infielder slashed just .186/.276/.368 with 15 home runs, a .644 OPS and -0.7 fWAR through 359 plate appearances, by far and away his worst output since the start of his career in 2010. Whether he can get back to the .246-average, 38-home run levels of his 2017 campaign with the team remains to be seen.
In a corresponding move, top pitching prospect Kohl Stewart has been recalled from Triple-A Rochester and will take Morrison’s place on the roster. Per MLB Pipeline, the 23-year-old Stewart ranked 28th out of the team’s top 30 prospects in 2018 and managed a combined 4.47 ERA, 2.7 BB/9 and 8.4 SO/9 through 108 2/3 innings at the Double-A and Triple-A levels this year.
The World Series is not just about the baseball. It’s about the bigger-than-usual stars singing the National Anthem, the more-famous-than-usual people throwing out the first pitch and all of the assorted to-do which surrounds the ballgames. Here is that sort of stuff for Game 1 and Game 2 in Boston.
- Carl Yastrzemski will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for Game 1. Yastrzemski also threw out the first pitch of Game 1 in 2004, 2007 and 2013. The Red Sox won each of those games and each of those World Series so, yeah, go with what works, right?
- Members of the 2004 World Series Champions will throw the ceremonial first pitch of Game 2. It doesn’t say which members, so maybe my dream of Manny Ramirez doing it will work out after all. Hey, he played for the Dodgers too, so let’s make this happen, OK?
- Singer-songwriter James Taylor will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of Game 1. This morning Peter Gammons tweeted that Taylor’s family helped build Fenway Park. Let’s file that under “interesting, but not so interesting that it’s really worth tracking down to confirm, so why not believe it?” Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.
- For Game 2 the National Anthem will be performed by the Boston Pops, with the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children’s Chorus doing the singing. The Boston Pops are conducted by Keith Lockhart, who was a career .287/.354/.425 hitter in 37 postseason games with the Atlanta Braves. I mean, at least I’m pretty sure it’s the same Keith Lockhart. Again: not interesting enough to check so, like Gammons’ thing about James Taylor, let’s assume I’m right about this.