14 August 2011
The Florida Marlins made some big moves following their 3-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday. The Marlins have decided to option Logan Morrison to Triple-A New Orleans and release veteran infielder Wes Helms.
Morrison is hitting .249 with 17 home runs, 60 RBI, and 40 runs. LoMo got off to a hot start for the Marlins early this season, but has seen his batting average drop each month of the season, even with him hitting .279 in August. The news of the demotion was a surprise to Marlins fans and also Logan Morrison himself. Morrison said that he was heartbroken and disappointed when he learned the news, but he was a lso frustrated because the team did not give him a real reason as to why he was being demoted. Manager Jack McKeon simply said to the media that "We're going to bring up a couple of other guys and look at them."
The Move is similar to what the Marlins tried to do to Chris Coghlan earlier this year before Coghlan decided to instead go on the DL. However at the time, Coghlan was struggling much worse from the plate than LoMo is currently.
The other big news was that the Marlins have released veteran Wes Helms. While Wes was also surprised by the news, he says that he understood the move. "I'm hitting .190 and I didn't play a lot lately. It was tough to have timing out there, and when you're pinch-hitting you've got to have timing, and I just didn't have it." Wes Helms in 110 at bats in 2011 is just hitting .191 with six RBI, 10 runs, and no home runs. Helms was very gracious while leaving, thanking the organization for giving him a chance in 2006 and for sticking with him until now.
The Marlins have yet to announce who will be replacing Helms and Morrison on the Marlins roster. Also the Marlins decision to release Helms may also mean that the team will be looking into bringing back Greg Dobbs in the off-season to take over Helms pitch hitting role next year.
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