Morrison rejoins Marlins after brief demotion

Back with the Florida Marlins after an 11-day demotion to the

minors, a less loquacious Logan Morrison unpacked his bags and

pondered his punishment.

Will the clubhouse comedian now be more reserved?

”I’ll be the same person,” Morrison said.

Maybe. But by LoMo’s standards, a five-word sentence qualifies

as curt, and Marlins management likes the sound of that.

Morrison annoyed the Marlins with his fondness for Twitter and

wisecracks, and a steady stream of quotable comments – coupled with

sinking productivity at the plate – earned him a ticket to Triple-A

New Orleans.

While the self-described Twittaholic claimed to return

unchanged, the Marlins are confident the stint in exile sent a

message and will hasten his maturity. Morrison turns 24

Thursday.

”He’s a good kid, really,” manager Jack McKeon said. ”He

understands the situation, and I’m quite sure you’re going to see a

different guy.”

Morrison rejoined the Marlins before Wednesday’s doubleheader

against Cincinnati. For Game 1 he was in left field and batting

third, and in his second at-bat he hit his 18th home run.

He said he was excited to be back but unsure why he had been

sent to the minors.

”I don’t really care, not anymore,” he said. ”It’s in the

past. I can’t control if they’re going to give me a reason or

not.”

Regarding his relationship with the organization, Morrison said,

”The relationship is I’m a baseball player, and they’re the

organization that provides the jersey, so I’m going to go out there

and play hard.”

Along with fewer yuks from Morrison, the Marlins want more hits.

He was batting .320 on June 1, but his average had dropped to .249

when he was optioned to New Orleans.

As a rookie last year, he hit .283.

”I’m not a .249 hitter,” he said. ”I see myself as more of a

.300 hitter. It’s part of the game – you struggle. I’ll just take

these next five weeks to work to get better and hopefully get the

average up a little bit.”

Despite the declining average, he ranks second on the Marlins in

homers, and his 26 RBIs in July tied for most in the majors. While

he was with New Orleans, injury-ravaged Florida went 1-8 to settle

more firmly into last place in the NL East.

”We’ve been looking for that key hit for two weeks,” McKeon

said. ”Hopefully LoMo can supply that.”

Morrison went only 4 for 24 with New Orleans but said those

stats were skewed by a series against the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A

affiliate in Round Rock.

”They have some pretty good arms,” he said. ”It was big

league pitching with Triple-A lighting.”

Morrison tweeted less frequently in the minors, although he did

offer a blue comment about the weather in Round Rock, joked about

his yoga instructor and described an airport security pat-down.

Triple-A tweets didn’t seem to hurt his popularity. Instead, his

following grew 10 percent to nearly 67,000.

Still, it stung being sent from Miami up to New Orleans.

Or would that be down to New Orleans?

”I guess it’s `up there’ geographically,” Morrison said with a

slight smile, ”but `down there’ in status.”