We’re having a gorgeous day here in Boston, with temperatures in the low 80s and sunny skies as we get set to open this series at Fenway Park. Michael Morse is feeling warm and sunny as wella, as he’ll finally take the field — literally, the outfield — tonight for the first time in two months. Morse has been limited to 11 games of DH, first base and pinch-hit duty since injuring his quad muscle back on May 28.
Tonight, he’s in right field, batting sixth.
“It’s good to be back,” he said. “The guys have been playing great, it’s been fun to watch and now I get a chance to be a part of it.”
Morse admitted “it’s been hard” to sit out while the team finally embarked on a prolonged stretch of winning. But that’s also made it easier, he added.
He says his timing has been good down in Class AAA Tacoma and that his leg feels fine. The biggest thing for him was just being able to get back into the outfield and be able to react to things without thinking about his leg being sore.
So much of this season has gone downhill for Morse because of injuries. There was that broken finger he played through pain with. Then, the quad injury that he tried to tough out. After that strong start of six home runs his first 11 games, you get the sense the Mariners have only just scratched the surface so far of what Morse can offer them.
I asked him about that.
“It’s been a tough season,” he said. “I had a couple of injuries here and there. My finger. And now this…but it’s a season. Everybody plays through injuries and stuff. I’m healthy now, so…”
His voice trailed off. Then, he added:
“I’ve got two more months to help out the team,” he said. “My goal now is to help the team win as many ballgames as possible.”