Morrison had been experiencing swelling in his knee over the weekend, and the club decided it was time for him to get it checked out.
Morrison sustained the injury during Friday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In the 8th inning, Morrison made a nice catch near the left field line that carried him into the wall. Morrison slid and his knee came directly in contact with the solid brick beneath the wall’s padding.
Noticeably hurt, Morrison finished Friday’s game but hasn’t been back since. The knee has been swollen for days now and there is a possibility that Morrison will have to have it drained.
Morrison has had an eventful 2011 season to say the least. The well known Twitter personality was demoted by the Marlins in the middle of August. While he was hitting below .250 at the time, stats didn’t seem to be playing the largest role in Florida’s decision to send Morrison down.
Marlins owner Larry Beinfest told reporters that Morrison needed “to concentrate on baseball and all aspects of being a major leaguer”. While there were several underlying issues involved, talks of Morrison filing a grievance against the team eventually blew over and the 24 year old was back with the club in a little over a week.
It seems to have been fairly smooth sailing since, and Morrison had even been heating up at the plate before his injury. During the month of September, Morrison was 11 for 31 with an OPS of 1.022. On the year, Morrison has hit at a clip of .252/.333/.796 with 19 home runs, 24 doubles and 67 RBI’s.
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