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Back problem keeps LoMo out of lineup

Back problem keeps LoMo out of lineup


MIAMI -- Logan Morrison's back has improved since experiencing tightness during Friday batting practice, but the Marlins first baseman missed his third consecutive game on Saturday.

Morrison has not played since finishing 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored in the Marlins' 5-4 win against the Brewers on Tuesday.

"I guess he's feeling better," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "He said that he feels a lot better than he did [Friday], which is good. So whether or not he'll play [Sunday], I don't know that. We've got to make sure he's feeling good enough to go."

Morrison has played three games since the Marlins reinstated him from the 60-day disabled list on June 9. He is batting .444 (4-for-9) with six total bases, two runs scored and a .545 on-base percentage.

Morrison, who underwent offseason right knee surgery, had played five consecutive games through Tuesday -- two with Double-A Jacksonville and three with Miami.

Redmond said the team wants to ease Morrison and Giancarlo Stanton back into lineup in an effort to keep them healthy long-term. Stanton was in the Marlins' lineup for a fifth straight game on Saturday, but back issues have kept Morrison from doing the same.

"We'll make sure he's feeling good before he plays again," Redmond said.

Joe Morgan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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