Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published April 3, 2014 at 8:02 PM | Page modified April 3, 2014 at 8:56 PM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (0)
  • Print

Major-league first: Logan Morrison plays right field

Logan Morrison, who played left field during four seasons with the Marlins but never right field, was given a start in right on Thursday. “I’m not worried about it,” Morrison said. “The ball just goes the other way.”


Seattle Times staff reporter

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
No comments have been posted to this article.
Start the conversation >

advertising

OAKLAND, Calif. – Lloyd McClendon would make no predictions. He had written Logan Morrison’s name into Thursday’s lineup as the starting right fielder, but even the Mariners’ manager was a little curious how the big designated hitter/first baseman would do.

“I guess we’ll find out because he’s out there,” McClendon said.

Morrison isn’t totally unfamiliar with the outfield. He appeared in left field in 240 games over four seasons with the Marlins.

“I’m not worried about it,” he said. “I’ve played outfield for two years in the big leagues.”

Morrison’s outfield experience was left field only. The only time he spent in right field was during spring training this year.

“It’s not that much different,” he said. “The ball just goes the other way.”

McClendon didn’t warn Morrison that he would be starting in right field, not that he needed to be.

“Playing there in spring training is all the head’s up I need,” Morrison said. “I’ve been taking fly balls out there during batting practice and early batting practice.”

So why did McClendon go with Morrison?

“I like LoMo’s bat against this guy (A’s starter Jesse Chavez), so we’ll see how it plays out,” McClendon said. “I’m trying to get as much offense as I can.”

While Morrison has never been known for his defense, McClendon was never appalled by what he saw in the field this spring.

“He was a lot better than he came advertised,” McClendon said. “He’s not going to win a Gold Glove, but he’s not as bad as the reports.”

Morrison wasn’t trying to overthink the situation. He’s going to approach it with simplicity.

“I’m just going to try and get to the ball as fast as I can and get it in as fast as I can,” he said. “If I can catch it, I will try and catch it. If I can’t, just get it in. I’m not going to try and be (Roberto) Clemente or Vlad (Guerrero) out there.”

Hart hopes for hot hitting

Corey Hart got a third straight start Thursday at designated hitter after getting two hits, including a solo homer, in Wednesday’s win at Anaheim.

“I thought his at-bats got progressively better,” McClendon said.

Hart said it is starting to come around.

“I’m still working toward it,” he said. “But I’m starting to see the ball a little sooner. It’s still day-to-day and at-bat to at-bat, but I am getting a little more confident up there. My swing is feeling a little quicker. Now it’s just putting it all together. Hopefully it won’t take a ton of more at-bats.”

Hart is also trying to figure out his routine for being a designated hitter. It was something he never did with the Brewers. In 947 big-league games, he’s been DH in three — the past three games.

“They (the Brewers) always let Prince (Fielder) do it,” he said. “They wanted to get him off the field. It’s definitely an adjustment. I don’t mind it at all. I watch video and take swings in the cage. I don’t have a hard time staying into the game.”

Ryan Divish: 206-464-2373 or rdivish@seattletimes.com.

On Twitter: @RyanDivish



Want unlimited access to seattletimes.com? Subscribe now!

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Get ready for 2015

Get ready for 2015

The Seattle Times 12-month wall calendar features hand-picked photos of life in the Pacific Northwest. Order while supplies last!

Advertising

Partner Video

Advertising


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►