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Marlins OF considers protesting demotion

MIAMI — Logan Morrison apparently isn't planning on going to the minors without a fight.

The Marlins demoted their starting leftfielder to Triple-A New Orleans late Saturday, the same day — coincidentally or not — that Morrison declined to attend a meet-and-greet with season ticket holders.

According to the Palm Beach Post, Morrison plans to consult with the players' union to see if he has grounds for a grievance.

"We are going to, with absolute certainty, explore this and contact the union and make sure Logan's rights are protected,'' agent Fred Wray told the Post on Sunday. "It doesn't seem like everything adds up here.''

Morrison's actions Saturday may have been in protest of a botched charity event. According to the Post, Morrison on Thursday had to cancel a charity bowling tournament because, he said, the Florida Marlins Community Foundation didn't sell enough lanes in advance.

Apparently still upset, Morrison consulted with team union rep Wes Helms, who told him he didn't have to attend Saturday's function. Helms was designated for assignment Saturday.

Morrison, 23, who is in his first full season, has quickly developed into a fan favorite and has 60,000 Twitter followers.

He's batting .249 with a .327 on-base percentage and a .464 slugging percentage for an OPS of .791 that is third on the team. But the former first baseman has struggled in leftfield and has batted .200 since the All-Star break.

"We just thought it was in the best interests of Logan to go down and concentrate on baseball and all aspects of being a major leaguer, and work his way back," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.

A-ROD IMPROVING: 3B Alex Rodriguez got 13 at-bats in a simulated game and did situational work at third base at the Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa. Rodriguez, who had right knee surgery July 11, said he will play Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

BRAVES: RHP Tommy Hanson went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to Aug. 7 with right shoulder tendinitis. All-Star C Brian McCann was activated from the disabled list.

BREWERS: 2B Rickie Weeks, who is recovering from a severe left ankle sprain sustained July 27, was cleared to begin taking light infield practice.

D'BACKS: RHP Jason Marquis broke his right fibula when he was hit in the shin by a line drive in the fourth inning.

GIANTS: LHP Barry Zito sprained his right ankle during a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Fresno and will be out indefinitely. … OF Cody Ross hit a two-run homer in the third inning, ending the club's record streak of 21 solo home runs.

INDIANS: Rookie 2B Jason Kipnis was out of the lineup with soreness in his right side.

REDS: LHP Dontrelle Willis left in the third inning against the Padres because of a sore forearm. … 2B Brandon Phillips started for the first time since suffering a bruised left elbow when he was hit by a pitch Tuesday.

ROCKIES: Third-base coach Rich Dauer was taken to an emergency room after getting hit on the bridge of his nose by a throw during batting practice.

TIGERS: 2B Carlos Guillen went on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left wrist. 2B Will Rhymes was recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

TWINS: C Joe Mauer, battling some soreness, was out of the lineup as expected.

Marlins OF considers protesting demotion 08/14/11 [Last modified: Sunday, August 14, 2011 8:51pm]
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