Morrison settling into nice groove after days off

Morrison settling into nice groove after days off

Morrison settling into nice groove after days off
MIAMI -- A couple days off did wonders for Logan Morrison.

Since manager Ozzie Guillen gave Morrison, who was in the midst of a 0-for-17 slump at the plate, two days off against Tampa Bay on Friday and Saturday, Morrison has picked up his production at the plate.

In the three games since the days off to clear his mind and work on his swing, Morrison has gone 6-for-11 at the plate. He has three doubles, a home run -- a seventh-inning shot in the Marlins' 2-1 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday -- two RBIs and three runs scored.

"I think he's swinging at more strikes," Guillen said. "I think that's the key. He's attacking the strike zone. I don't think he's trying to hit the ball to left-center. He's just going out, seeing the ball, hitting the ball. That's the best approach he's had all year."

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With the Marlins' offense struggling to produce runs, Morrison has been one of the few bright spots in the lineup the past few games. In those three games, his average has climbed from .214 to .235 entering Wednesday's series finale against Boston.

Despite Morrison's recent resurgence at the plate and the offense's struggles to push runs across, Guillen held him out of Wednesday's starting lineup. While Morrison occasionally sits when the Marlins face left-handed pitchers, Guillen said the decision to hold him out Wednesday was made to give Morrison two days to rest his right knee since the team has an off-day Thursday.

In his place, utility man Donovan Solano started in left for the fourth time this season.

"We have to make sure we take care of his knee," Guillen said. "He's not a platoon player. We're going to pick a spot here or there to make sure his legs are fine to perform the next day."