May 30, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Michael Morse (38) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a run against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
After battling a tough oblique injury which left him out for all but 2 at-bats in September, Michael Morse has reportedly told the media that he is ready to go.
According to Bruce Bochy in Wednesday afternoon interviews, Morse will play a game in the instructional league before a decision is made. Should he have success and no lingering issues with injuries, he will join the team in St. Louis, and then they will make a decision as to how their left field situation will look.
Morse has had mixed success against the Cardinals starters, including a 4-for-14 (.286) stint against Adam Wainwright. The start he seems to have the most success against is Lance Lynn, who has surrendered 3 hits in 5 at-bats against Morse.
Make no mistake, the Giants need as much offense as they can. Morse posted a line of .455/.500/1.000 at Busch Stadium in 11 at-bats, but that was when the team was cooking in the beginning of June. He slumped in June much like the rest of the team, and slowly but surely picked it back up before September.
The other side of this coin is that his speed does not allow him to be a great defensive left fielder, where as a guy like Juan Perez who covers the field quite well is not a big threat at the plate. So the Giants do have to determine whether their priorities lie in more defense or more offense.
The Giants will have to determine if starting Morse is a risk due to re-injury factors, and also their feelings on how he will fare against major league pitching after sitting out for over a month. They also have to determine who to send down from the roster, with Gary Brown or Juan Perez likely to be the ones considered.