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Morrison expected to be in lineup Sunday

Morrison expected to be in lineup Sunday

Morrison expected to be in lineup Sunday
MIAMI -- After a couple days to clear his mind of his struggles at the plate, Logan Morrison is expected to be back in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Rays.

"He'll be back. We need this kid," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "Hopefully, mentally [the two days off] helped him. ... This kid has struggled this month and last month, and we need him to get back on track. We're a better ballclub when he's in the lineup."

Morrison is in the midst of a 0-for-18 skid at the plate and is just 3-for-25 (.120) in June as his season average has plummeted to .214. In May, he hit .176 with one home run and 19 strikeouts -- not the type of production the Marlins hoped for from the batter who is supposed to provide protection in the lineup behind slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

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Part of Morrison's struggles, he said, have been slight mechanical issues with his swing, but he has also been chasing pitches and as a result, most of his issues have been mental.

"You're only as good as the pitch you swing at, so I got to do a better job of swinging at strikes," Morrison said.

Morrison, who has shown a positive attitude about taking time off, has been working in the batting cages on correcting his swing and getting back to what got him to the Majors in the first place.

Morrison is not the only Marlins player to go through struggles offensively this season. First baseman Gaby Sanchez was demoted to New Orleans on May 19 when his average dipped to .197, and catcher John Buck is currently hitting .167.

"Everybody goes through it ... but nobody's going to get you out of it but yourself," Morrison said. "That's all you need is yourself to get out of it and know that you were successful once being in the big leagues and you can do it again. It's not like you forget how to do those kind of things."

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