On the other hand, manager Pete Mackanin sees another possible role for Morgan. According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, Mackanin said Morgan could wind up being used a reliever during spring training. If Morgan pitches well there during spring training, he could very well land in the bullpen when the major-league season begins.
As of now, the only lefty reliever on the 40-man roster is Joely Rodriguez, who is a near-lock to make the team. Non-roster invitees Cesar Ramos and Sean Burnett will also vie for a spot in the bullpen. Morgan could very well fit into that category.
So far, Morgan has struggled as a starter in the major-leagues. In 36 career major-league starts, Morgan has a 5.43 ERA and 1.392 WHIP while going 7-18.
The club did experiment with Morgan as a reliever in 2016. He pitched 3.2 innings of relief last year, giving up just one run while striking out four. Morgan is still inexperienced as a reliever as he never did much of it in his minor-league career.
If Morgan can find a role in the bullpen, it helps alleviate the fact that the Phils have few left-handed pitchers.Elniery Garcia, Morgan, and Rodriguez are the only lefties on the 40-man roster. With the other lefty prospects still years away from the majors, Morgan is one of few internal options for a lefty reliever.