Marlins reliever Bryan Morris, who has been on the disabled list recovering from back surgery, is hoping to return by mid-September, according to Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.
Since Miami acquired Morris from Pittsburgh, he has proven to be a valuable addition to the bullpen. Over 17.2 innings this season, he’s pitched to a 3.06 ERA and 6.48 FIP.
Over 63.0 innings with the Marlins last season, Morris pitched to a 3.14 ERA and 3.64 FIP.
When Morris comes back, the Marlins’ bullpen will have another veteran arm to turn to. Manager Don Mattingly has used David Phelps, Kyle Barraclough, Fernando Rodney and A.J. Ramos late in games.
Morris, 29, is another candidate to pitch in the sixth or seventh innings.
Morris started throwing this week and told Jackson this is the first time in a year and a half that he hasn’t felt pain while throwing.
Miami’s bullpen has pitched to a 3.63 ERA, which ranks sixth in the National League.