Obviously, this play is why Logan Morrison is undergoing knee surgery. But seriously, we wish LoMo the best on his recovery. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Logan Morrison and his knee have been hurting all season long, and it is not a stretch to believe that that had something to do with his season-long struggles at the plate for the Miami Marlins. When he went on the disabled list, there was a chance his season was coming to an end, and that was confirmed later on when he was moved to the 60-day disabled list. Morrison wanted initially to work on his knee without surgery and see if rest would handle, but it seems now that that option is off the table and surgery is imminent. Morrison will undergo knee surgery on September 5.
The Marlins left fielder will undergo right knee surgery Sept. 5 to repair his patellar tendon. Dr. Richard Steadman, one of the top knee specialists in the nation, will perform the surgery, which is the same procedure Morrison underwent last December.
His issue was that of a patellar tendon issue that lingered even after he had surgery in the offseason. As the season wore on, the inflammation got worse and worse, and eventually Morrison was rightfully placed on the DL to avoid further problems. The fact that he will have to have surgery again on the knee caps off a miserable season that hopefully will not bleed into next year.However, Morrison's surgery recovery is likely to take him six months, far longer than the five-week recovery he had on the first surgery before the 2012 season. That sort of time frame puts his return right up to Spring Training, which means there is a possibility, with delays, that Morrison will miss valuable "warm up time" in Spring Training, much like he did this past season. The Marlins were not happy with injuries and recoveries by Logan Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton eating away at their Spring Training time, a time reserved to loosen up the muscles and get back into the playing swing of things.
If Morrison misses time, the Marlins may consider options at first base to temporarily hold them at the position. With Carlos Lee contemplating a 2013 return to the team, he may become an option that holds onto the position should Morrison struggle to return on time from knee surgery. Thus, his recovery is important not only to the 2013 season but also to how the Marlins plan out that 2013 year. However, given Morrison's supposedly strong work ethic, it is hard to imagine him putting less than an ideal effort into returning to the field, so barring any lingering health concerns, I would expect Morrison to remain on schedule. Still, this is something to watch for during the offseason.