Giants leave Morse off Division Series roster

Versatile outfielder Brown included; Duvall, Quiroz dropped for starters

Giants leave Morse off Division Series roster

WASHINGTON -- As is often the case in the postseason, the Giants sought personnel flexibility Friday in naming their 25-man roster for their National League Division Series showdown against the Washington Nationals.

The roster did not include first baseman/left fielder Michael Morse, who has been trying to recover from a strained left oblique. Giants manager Bruce Bochy sounded tempted to include Morse, who performed capably in Thursday's workout.

  Date Time Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   SF 3, WAS 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   SF 2, WAS 1 (18 inn.) video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   WAS 4, SF 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   SF 3, WAS 2 video
"His batting practice was pretty good," Bochy said. "Is he 100 percent? No."

That hastened the Giants' decision to leave Morse off the roster. While Morse could offer nothing more than one pinch-hit appearance per game, the Giants opted for the versatility of rookie center fielder Gary Brown, who can pinch-run and serve as a defensive replacement besides pinch-hit.

"He would give us just a few more options," Bochy said.

Bochy also cited Morse's recent inactivity as a factor.

"We didn't think he was quite ready," Bochy said of Morse, who appeared in one game during September.

Bochy said that Morse, who hit .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs this year, likely would report to the Giants' instructional league camp Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., to get some extra at-bats under game conditions. The Giants then might consider Morse more seriously for a roster spot if they advance to the NL Championship Series.

The Giants also added Game 2 starter Tim Hudson along with fellow right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to the roster, replacing rookie infielder Adam Duvall and No. 3 catcher Guillermo Quiroz from their roster for Wednesday's NL Wild Card Game. Vogelsong is a candidate to start Tuesday's Game 4 in San Francisco if it becomes necessary. Bochy also mentioned Yusmeiro Petit as a possibility to start that game. Game 1 starter Jake Peavy would be a long-shot choice to pitch Game 4, since he would be working on three days' rest, one fewer than usual.

Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.