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Nyjer Morgan could return to Brewers on Friday

Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:15 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 1:31 pm
 
By Evan Brunell

MorganNyjer Morgan is on the comeback trail from a fractured middle left finger. He will play in his second extended spring training game Wednesday, and should be activated from the disabled list this Friday,  the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Morgan will join a Brewers team on the rise. They've won five in a row and eight of their last 10 to pull into a tie for second place with the Reds, 3 1/2 games behind St. Louis. Morgan's arrival will put the Brewers at full strength for essentially the first time all season.

Morgan won't light the world on fire and is clearly hitting over his head with his current .379/.419/.586 line in 35 plate appearances fitted in-between two separate DL stints. But he's significantly better than incumbent Carlos Gomez, even if Morgan slips to his .285/.346/.365 line, which the Brew Crew would absolutely take.

Gomez is a solid fielder, but his offense is even more putrid than it has ever been during his four years of extensive playing time. He currently has a .222/.281/.327 line. At this point in Gomez's career, he is who he is: a great defender who can't hit a lick. Sure, he's only 25, but he has over 1,600 plate appearances at the major-league level. That's plenty enough to draw conclusions.

While Milwaukee shouldn't give up on Gomez, it does need to slot Morgan into center field to give the team a better offensive boost. Currently, Milwaukee has a Rickie Weeks-Corey Hart tandem at the top of the order, and only recently pushed Gomez out of the two-hole. When Morgan returns, he'll likely do so at the bottom of the order as the Brewers won't want to mess with what is working. But if he can eventually ascend to the leadoff spot, that will push Weeks or Hart into a power-production spot, deepening the lineup that much more instead of being exposed once the No. 6 hitter strides to the plate.

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hotmeuly
Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:06 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:19 am
 

Nyjer Morgan could return to Brewers on Friday

I think it's time destined to be some people cumbersome vintage suggest, it will chiefly recognized when it comes to my time.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: May 27, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Nyjer Morgan could return to Brewers on Friday

 I really love the way Weeks plays the game, but he really isn't a leadoff hitter. Not with his power.

Weeks cant drop down to 5th behind Prince, you'll lose his speed there. Weeks ultimately would make a perfect #3 guy but you cant move Braun. What I would like to see is 1. Weeks 2. Hart 3. Braun 4. Prince 5. Mcgehee 6. Lucroy 7. Betencourt 8. Pitcher 9. Morgan. I think the Brewers pitchers are good enough that they could really pull this off well.

If you're deadset on Morgan batting leadoff though you would have to make Weeks bat second and move Hart back to 5th



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: May 27, 2011 3:42 pm
 

Nyjer Morgan could return to Brewers on Friday

I think the Brewers best lineup would be Morgan leading off, then Lucroy in the #2 hole (he's batting over .325). Put Weeks #5 and then Hart.  That way you have a leadoff hitter with great speed, and power all the way through the lineup. I know that they are on a big winning streak, and they won't change a thing until it's over. I really love the way Weeks plays the game, but he really isn't a leadoff hitter. Not with his power.



Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 10:13 pm
 

Nyjer Morgan could return to Brewers on Friday

Morgan and Gomez are very similar players.  Both have speed and some other issues.  At least Morgan has shown spurts of performing (ie hitting) at better than a .240 clip. 



Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 4:25 pm
 

Nyjer Morgan could return to Brewers on Friday

With the addition of Morgan, Hart can slide down to the 5th McGehee moving to the 6 hole

That would be a very formidable 1 - 7 lineup




Since: Nov 21, 2008
Posted on: May 25, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Nyjer Morgan could return to Brewers on Friday

Very good news, will add further depth to the team after his hot start. Hopefully he's a smarter baserunner than Gomez who surprises me with his flubs on the base path.


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