LoMo shakes off bumps, bruises to help Marlins

LoMo shakes off bumps, bruises to help Marlins

LoMo shakes off bumps, bruises to help Marlins
ST. LOUIS -- Add a bloody left shin and a baseball-imprinted bruise to his left ankle to the growing list of aches and pains for Logan Morrison.

And toss in a couple of hyperextended fingers to his right hand.

Those were the latest bumps and bruises that the Marlins left fielder endured in Friday's 3-2 win over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Some additional discomfort, however, is not coming close to keeping the 24-year-old out of the lineup.

"I want to win," Morrison said. "So, what I want to do personally is get 90 wins. I don't really care how it happens. Whatever I have to do to help the team win, that's what I want to do. To hit .300 would be awesome, but I want to help the team win, I don't care."

Friday's bruises, however, don't come close to the discomfort he is dealing with on an everyday basis with his right knee. Morrison had surgery on the knee last December, and he's been gutting it out on a daily basis.

Although his overall numbers are modest -- .248 with 11 home runs and 36 RBIs -- his production is on the rise at a time his body is beaten up. In July, he is 8-for-19 (.421) with three homers and nine RBIs.

On Friday night, after being twice hit by pitches, Morrison belted a home run that proved to be the game-winner. In the field, fingers in his right hand bent backwards when he tried to make a sliding catch on Carlos Beltran's single to left.

Still, he is fine.

Manager Ozzie Guillen a few days ago praised Morrison's toughness.

"I'm glad he thinks that highly of me," Morrison said. "But I'm sure there are guys playing in a lot more pain than me. If I feel I can help my team win, I'll be out there. If I can't swing the bat, or throw or walk, then I will have to say, 'Don't put me out there.' If I can help the team, I'm going to tell him I want to be out there."

Guillen sees Morrison showing more aggressiveness at the plate.

"Now he doesn't have the mentality of a leadoff hitter," the manager said. "That's what I thought, LoMo had the mentality of a [6-foot-5] leadoff hitter. He'd try to hit the ball to left field, looking for a great count to hit. Now, little by little he is hitting the ball harder."

Guillen credited hitting coach Eduardo Perez with Morrison's approach.

"I think he is more aggressive now swinging the bat than he was earlier in the season," Guillen said.