Outfielder Michael Morse, who finished the season hitless in his last 10 games with the Orioles, will undergo surgery Wednesday to fix a bone outgrowth in his left wrist, according to an industry source.
Dr. Richard Berger of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota will perform the arthroscopic surgery, which will shave the bone. The source said Morse should be able to begin using the wrist again in four weeks and should be back to baseball activities in six to eight weeks, so the pending free agent should be a full go by the start of spring training.
Doctors estimated that the outgrowth of the capitate bone that runs down through the hand was caused by trauma and probably occurred sometime in May, which likely affected his power and extension during his swing.
Morse, 31, had hit 11 homers and had 21 RBIs through May, but he hit just two more home runs and compiled a .165 average after June 1.
Acquired from the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguer Xavier Avery at the end of August, Morse began his Orioles career 3-for-7 in his first two games in September. He didn’t pick up a hit again for the rest of the season, going 0-for-22.
A career .281 hitter, he batted a combined .215 with 13 homers and 27 RBIs this season with the Mariners and Orioles. He didn’t have an RBI or homer for the Orioles.