Michael Morse during Spring Training with the Marlins in 2015. Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America
By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Miami Marlins announced a transaction that impacts their Double-A affiliate Jacksonville Suns roster prior tonight’s game against the Chattanooga Lookouts at 7:05 p.m. at AT&T Field.
Miami Marlins first baseman Michael Morse has joined the Suns on a Major League rehab assignment. Morse has been on the disabled list since May 26 (retroactive to May 24) with a right ring finger sprain. Morse has played in 37 games so far in 2015, hitting .211 with two homers and 10 RBI for Miami.
Morse was signed by the Marlins in December 2014 as a free agent after he was a key part of San Francisco’s run to a World Series title, hitting .300 (6-for-20) in 10 postseason games with a double, home run, and five RBI. Four of his postseason RBI were in the Fall Classic, and he had two RBI in Game 7 of the World Series, driving in the game-winning run with a single in the top of the fourth inning that broke a 2-2 tie with the Kansas City Royals. Morse also hit a eighth-inning pinch-hit home run in Game 5 of the 2014 National League Championship Series against St. Louis. Morse with the Giants in 2014 hit .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBI in 131 games.
Morse is an 11-year major league veteran who is a career .277 hitter with 101 home runs and 343 RBI in the big leagues. A South Florida native, he was originally selected by the Chicago White Sox in the third round of the 2000 draft. Morse is a former Southern Leaguer, playing for the Birmingham Barons in 2004 where he hit .287 with 11 homers and 38 RBI. Also in 2004 while he was a Baron, he was traded to the Seattle Mariners along with Miguel Olivo and Jeremy Reed for Ben Davis and Freddy Garcia.
Morse in the majors has played for Seattle (2005-2009, 2013), the Washington Nationals (2009-2012), Baltimore Orioles (2013), and then the Giants in 2014. His most productive season was in 2011 with the Nationals when he hit .303 with 31 homers and 95 RBI, and he was in the top 10 in the National League in all three categories.
The Suns roster now stands at 25 active players, plus Morse on his rehab assignment, and a revised roster is attached.
The Suns will start a five-game series with the Chattanooga Lookouts Wednesday night from AT&T Field with a first pitch slated for 7:15 p.m. ET to round out the first half of the season. The Suns will send out lefty Matt Tomshaw (2-4, 3.86 ERA) while the Lookouts have yet to announce their starter.
Suns fans can also listen to Wednesday’s game on the Suns Baseball Network, 600 AM &100.3 FM “The Answer” or through www.jaxsuns.com, MiLB.com, or the TuneIn radio app, coverage will start with the Memorial Hospital Suns Pregame Show beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET.
The 2015 season of Suns baseball is presented by EverBank, the official banking partner of the Jacksonville Suns. Sponsorships, group outings, and season/individual game tickets are currently available by calling the Suns front office at (904) 358-2846.