The news here was more or less assumed when Miami Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison initially went on the DL with right knee inflammation, but now it is official: Morrison will miss the rest of the 2012 season after having been moved to the 60-day DL due to his knee injury.
This puts an end to a disappointing season for Morrison at the plate and on the field. At the dish, Morrison hit just .230/.308/.399, losing some of the power he flashed last season but more importantly dropping even more in terms of BABIP and walk rate. On the field, he was as awful as expected. looking bad in left field and putting up five runs worse than average according to defensive statistics.
Initially, it was difficult to pin down exactly why these problems for Morrison occurred, but now with the revelation that Morrison had been playing through knee pain all throughout the season, you can see a potential cause for all of his struggles. With Morrison's knee being balky all season, that had to affect both his offensive and defensive game somehow. And the Marlins did not help matters by putting him in the outfield for much of the year and forcing him to play a more difficult position with an ongoing injury.In fact, the one person who seemingly did the right thing with Morrison was manager Ozzie Guillen, who must have known that Morrison was still hurt and trying to tough it out. Remember when Guillen was resting Morrison seemingly once every three games and against any lefties, and I voiced my complaints on his misuse? It turns out that, because we were not aware of the extent of Morrison's injuries like Guillen was, we were the ones who would have been wrong to continually throw Morrison out there. Given that Morrison is not a player who shies away from playing through his injuries, he would have gladly agreed and the situation could have been worse than it is now. As it stands, Ozzie Guillen may have helped Morrison's health more than anyone else besides the medical staff and trainers on the Fish.
Morrison will still consider surgery, but now he has no pressure to return to the regular season, not that there should have been any. With the Marlins mired in a lost 2012 season, the last thing the team needed was the return of a player who may not have been fully healthy. Rather than come back early, Morrison should get the surgery and rehab throughout the offseason, taking the extra time in-season to take care of business and get back to a healthy point.
The Marlins should then seriously consider Morrison's future as a first baseman and stop stretching his limits as an outfielder. The right play for this offseason would be for the Fish to replace Morrison in the outfield with a plethora of starter-caliber outfield options in free agency and allow Morrison to move back to his old position. With Gaby Sanchez no longer blocking him, there is no reason for Morrison to tax himself physically and even potentially mentally by continuing to play the outfield.