Report: Giants plan to add Michael Morse to NLCS roster

Life Comes Next Moment: Giants, Cardinals advance to NLCS
Thursday October 9th, 2014

San Francisco Giants outfielder Michael Morse will likely be added to the team’s roster for the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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.

Travis Ishikawa, who hit hit .182 in the NLDS, started the first three games in left field of the series against Washington and pinch-hit in Game 4, which Juan Perez started.

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

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