Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Indians Release Former Viper Morgan:
Vipers defenceman Nyjer Morgan.
Morgan was in his first season with the Indians, signed a Minor League contract with the Indians on January 16th 2014 before earning a roster spot with the Major League Club on March 24th 2014. Morgan returned to the Majors after playing last season in Japan where he spent the 2013-14 season with the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) Yokohama DeNa BayStars.
Morgan signed with the BayStars on January 23rd 2013 after spending the previous two seasons with the MLB Milwaukee Brewers before electing free agency, a day after the Brewers hastened his departure by outrighting him from the 40-man roster.
Morgan was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 33rd round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. On September 1st 2007 Morgan made his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Milwaukee Brewers as a late-season call-up. On June 30 2009 Morgan was traded to the Washington Nationals along with pitcher Sean Burnett in exchange for outfielder Lastings Milledge and pitcher Joel Hanrahan. On March 27 2011 Morgan was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for prospect Cutter Dykstra (son of baseball player Lenny Dykstra). Morgan played for three MLB teams, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Washington before heading to Japan. Morgan attended the Vernon Vipers Training camp in 1996-97. Morgan played as an "AP" as a 16 year old with the Vipers during the (1996-1997) season while playing with the KIJHL North Okanagan Kings.
Nyjer Morgan's Player Profile:
This is posted on the MLB.com website:
Knee woes lead to Morgan's release by Tribe
Tomlin recalled; rookie outfielder Holt optioned to create roster space
By Jordan Bastian / MLB.com | August 5, 2014
CLEVELAND -- Nyjer Morgan brought energy and offense during his brief stint with the Indians early this season. An unfortunate knee injury led to an extended stay on the disabled list, ending Morgan's season and ultimately leading to his release.
Prior to Tuesday's game against the Reds, the Indians activated Morgan from the 60-day disabled list and promptly released the veteran outfielder, making him a free agent. Cleveland also recalled right-hander Josh Tomlin from Triple-A Columbus to start against Cincinnati.
"He's not going to be available for the rest of the year," Indians manager Terry Francona said of Morgan. "So, [general manager Chris Antonetti] talked to him, and it was a mutual cutting of the cord."
To clear room for Tomlin on the active roster, the Tribe optioned rookie outfielder Tyler Holt back to Columbus. During his two stints in the Majors, Holt's locker had "T. Hush" written on tape over his nameplate. That was a play off Morgan's alter ego, "Tony Plush."
The 34-year-old Morgan made Cleveland's Opening Day roster as a non-roster Spring Training invitee, giving the club insurance while center fielder Michael Bourn dealt with a left hamstring injury. Bourn is again on the 15-day DL with a hamstring issue, but Michael Brantley has handled center and Cleveland acquired Chris Dickerson in a trade with the Pirates last month to play left.
In 15 games with the Indians this season, Morgan hit .341 (14-for-41) with one home run, six RBIs and eight runs scored. The outfielder's stellar start with the Tribe hit a serious snag on May 14, when Morgan sprained his right knee on an awkward catch attempt during Cleveland's 15-4 road win over Toronto.
"He really helped us," Francona said. "He gave us a spark, especially at the beginning of the season when he was playing center field and leading off. He was getting on base a ton. It was unfortunate for him that that happened, because I think he felt like he had a lot to prove. He came back and was proving it."