It was a rough season for outfielder Michael Morse in 2013, but there is a possible explanation in the form of a wrist ailment.
OF Michael Morse will undergo arthroscopic surgery Wed at Mayo Clinic in Minn. to shave down a bone outgrowth in his left wrist, source says
— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) October 15, 2013
As Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports, Morse is set to undergo wrist surgery today in order to fix a bone issue in his left wrist. The 31-year-old outfielder had a dreadful (by his standards) season in 2013, posting a .215/.270/.381 slash line with 13 home runs in 337 plate appearances, and this is, perhaps, an explanation for his struggles.
Though Morse finished the season with the Orioles (hence the report from the Baltimore Sun), he will be a free agent beginning after the World Series, and he could be highly sought after this winter. As recently as 2011, Morse blasted 31 home runs in a season as a member of the Washington Nationals, and that kind of power, especially from the right side, is a scarce commodity in today’s baseball.
Reports indicate that Morse will be able to use the wrist normally in about 4 weeks, so he should be on full display for teams as the Spring approaches. There is a real possibility that someone will strike gold with this type of power bat, and teams could be knocking on his door immediately.