Morse on Giants' NLCS roster as pinch-hitter

Ishikawa likely to continue starting in left field for time being

Morse on Giants' NLCS roster as pinch-hitter

ST. LOUIS -- Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Saturday that though the club added Michael Morse to the National League Championship Series roster, the left fielder likely will be used against the St. Louis Cardinals as a pinch-hitter, at least in the first few games.

Limited by a strained left oblique, Morse appeared in just one game during the season's final month. He entered a Sept. 19 game at San Diego and struck out twice in two at-bats.

Bochy acknowledged that Morse, who hit .279 with 16 homers and 61 RBIs in 131 regular-season games, could bolster San Francisco's offense. The Giants scored just nine runs in 45 innings against Washington in the NL Division Series. But due to Morse's relative inactivity, Travis Ishikawa started Game 1 of the NLCS in left field and probably will continue to do so in the foreseeable future.

  Date Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 11 SF 3, STL 0 video
Gm 2 Oct. 12 STL 5, SF 4 video
Gm 3 Oct. 14 SF 5, STL 4 video
Gm 4 Oct. 15 SF 6, STL 4 video
Gm 5 Oct. 16 SF 6, STL 3 video

"It's been a long time since he's been out there," Bochy said of Morse. "And defense is such a big part of the game in these series, because you usually play a lot of tight games."

Bochy added that Morse, who spent much of the week sharpening his swing at the Giants' instructional league camp at their Scottsdale, Ariz., training facility, will continue to work on his defense during batting practice. If, Bochy said, "we feel like we need to add a bit more offense, you could see him out there."

Outfielder Gary Brown, who struck out in his only NLDS at-bat, was dropped from the roster to accommodate Morse. The rest of the Giants' roster remained intact.

Here is San Francisco's complete NLCS roster:

Pitchers (12)
Jeremy Affeldt
Madison Bumgarner
Santiago Casilla
Tim Hudson
Tim Lincecum
Javier Lopez
Jean Machi
Jake Peavy
Yusmeiro Petit
Sergio Romo
Hunter Strickland
Ryan Vogelsong

Catchers (2)
Buster Posey
Andrew Susac

Infielders (6)
Joaquin Arias
Brandon Belt
Brandon Crawford
Matt Duffy
Joe Panik
Pablo Sandoval

Outfielders (5)
Gregor Blanco
Travis Ishikawa
Michael Morse
Hunter Pence
Juan Perez

Chris Haft is a reporter for 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.