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Mariners’ Logan Morrison returns to Miami, wants to prove point to Marlins

cspencer@MiamiHerald.comApril 19, 2014 

Logan Morrison said he hasn’t climbed Mount Rainier, nor become absorbed into the grunge music scene.

But Morrison said he is enjoying Seattle, playing with new teammates on the Mariners and hopes to show the Marlins they made a mistake by trading him.

“I hope that I prove that they did,” Morrison said Friday before the Mariners opened a three-game interleague series against the Marlins. “It’s not like I’m going out there with that in mind. But if I prove that they did, then that means I’m playing well and helping my team win.”

At the moment, Morrison isn’t playing at all.

After getting off to a slow start at the plate, going 3 for 20 while failing to drive in a run, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Still, he made the trip with the team to South Florida in order to visit his friends and former teammates.

The Marlins traded Morrison to Seattle in December for reliever Carter Capps just after signing first baseman Garrett Jones to a two-year deal.

Morrison said he knew he would be dealt after Jones signed and was not surprised when it happened.

Morrison summed up his nearly eight years in the Marlins organization this way: “Enjoyable. Exciting. A lot of ups and downs. Disappointing, as well. A lot of emotions happened within six or seven years. Getting called up to the big leagues. Getting to tell my parents I was going to be a big-leaguer. The Marlins made that possible. I’m very thankful for the time I had here.”

on the mend

Jacob Turner (shoulder sprain) is scheduled to make at least one rehab appearance for Single A Jupiter next week before the Marlins decide to stick him back in their rotation.

Turner threw a bullpen session Friday and will do so again Sunday before heading up to Jupiter sometime next week to pitch for the Hammerheads.

Turner said his shoulder “feels good — feels totally, 100 percent normal.”

• Be it as a starter or reliever, pitchers prefer to have defined roles.

Kevin Slowey isn’t that particular about his role, given that it can change from one outing to the next. Slowey, who has been working out of the bullpen as a long reliever, is replacing Brad Hand in the rotation and will make his first start of the season Sunday.

“I think, for me, my role is knowing that my role will be undefined,” Slowey said.

Coming up

•  Saturday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (0-2, 4.30 ERA) vs. Seattle Mariners LHP Roenis Elias (1-1, 2.16), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

•  Sunday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (0-0, 4.38) vs. Mariners (TBA), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

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