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Tampa Bay Rays: Morrison’s Season Appears Over

By Althea Pashman
Sep 7, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) is congratulated by second baseman Logan Forsythe (11) after he scored during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2016; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison (7) is congratulated by second baseman Logan Forsythe (11) after he scored during the fifth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter and first baseman disappointing season comes to a disappointing end with a wrist injury.

For Tampa Bay Rays first baseman/designated hitter Logan Morrison all it took was one swing to feel the pain after he fouled off a pitch during his at-bat in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Yankees.

Facing Luis Cessa, Morrison grabbed his wrist after his follow-through and was in so much pain he couldn’t finish his at-bat and was removed from the game.

Morrison said that he heard a “pop” in his left wrist, which had previously given him no issues and after being examined by a doctor the initial diagnosis was a left wrist strain.

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"“More than likely, I’m probably done for the year. I’m just hoping everything is all right.”"

Acquired this offseason from the Seattle Mariners, Morrison was brought in to boost the Tampa Bay Rays offense, but he endured one of the most dreadful openings to a season.

He managed to collect just two hits through his first 44 at-bats, with a batting line sitting at .119/.221/.143 through his first 95 plate appearances with no RBIs.

By mid-May questions came into play as to how long manager Kevin Cash would keep him in the lineup, let alone on the 25-man roster.

Questions also popped up whether or not the team had made a mistake by releasing James Loney who was always one of the most consistent hitters for the Tampa Bay Rays.

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However, Cash kept Morrison in the lineup and finally on May 17 Morrison had his first multi-hit game as well his first two RBIs against the Blue Jays.

Morrison would go on to have a great finish to the month of May with a batting line of .351/.455/.486 with three homers and 11 RBI.

This injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for Morrison who was showing significant improvement offensively since returning from a right forearm strain sustained in late July which kept him out until August 15.

However, in 20-games since returning Morrison has hit .288 with four home runs and 12 RBIs in a limited role.

Should his season end prematurely, Morrison finishes up batting .238/.319/.414 with 14 homers and 43 RBI in 107 games.

“He probably irritated the sheath in your wrist. We’re going to get some more doctors to look at it,” Cash said.

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“LoMo” will travel with the team to Toronto and Baltimore before returning to Tampa Bay for an MRI which will determine whether Morrison will need surgery.

Meanwhile, it is very possible that Morrison may have played his last game for the Rays as he’s an impending free agent at the conclusion of the season.

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“I would love to come back and be part of the team,” said Morrison.

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