Morse has not played since Sept. 19 and has just two at-bats since Aug. 31 because of a strained left oblique. He was left off the roster for San Francisco’s wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Pirates and the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals.
"Morse will come into play ... we've got a decision with Morse," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said, according to San Francisco Chronicle.
Bochy said that Morse was taking batting practice Arizona against live pitching. He is set to play two games in left field on Thursday for an instructional league game on Thursday, then join the team in St. Louis on Friday. If Morse doesn’t experience any setbacks, he will be added to the 25-man NLCS roster.
The Cardinals plan to use a heavy right-handed starting rotation against the Giants, and Morse is a good option to start because he hit .293 against righties this season. Ishikawa hit .260 against right-handed pitchers.
Morse hit .279 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI in 131 regular season games and 438 at-bats this season in his first season with San Francisco.
- Scooby Axson