Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan has had a rough couple of weeks. And it appears he's starting to lose his cool.
After barreling into Marlins catcher Brett Hayes Tuesday night and being called out on a play at the plate, Morgan returned to his spot in the outfield and got into it with a fan at Sun Life Stadium (check out the video below). Last week, Morgan was suspended seven games by Major League Baseball for throwing a ball into the stands at Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia and striking a fan between innings. He's appealing the suspension.
It will be interesting to see how the crowd at Sun Life Stadium treats Morgan Wednesday night and what the Marlins do.
The Marlins weren't necessarily overly upset over the play Morgan made barreling into Hayes. But they didn't like it either. Hanley Ramirez, who gunned Morgan out at the plate, said Morgan should have slid.
"I would say it was clean if I hadn't seen what he'd done earlier in the week [versus] St. Louis," said Chad Tracy, who had the game-winning hit for the Marlins. "That right there could go either way. I think he had a better chance to be safe if he was sliding rather than hitting the catcher. But I think he made his mind up right there that he was going to hit him."
Morgan told writers he had no choice but to barrel into Hayes. “I got to hit him there,” Morgan said. “I think if I try to slide there, I probably hurt myself. It’s just a hard a play. Just baseball.”
On Saturday, Morgan went out of his way to clip Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson on a play Nationals manager Jim Riggleman called "unprofessional." The next day, Riggleman kept Morgan out of the lineup. Tuesday, though, Riggleman said he had no problem with what Morgan did in trying to knock the ball loose from Hayes.
> As for Hayes, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reported late Tuesday night that x-rays on Hayes' left shoulder came back negative and an MRI was being performed on him today. It's likely Hayes will miss some time.
With John Baker's future in question and Ronny Paulino suspended for 50-games, the Marlins selected the contract of Chris Hatcher Wednesday from Triple A New Orleans along with right-handed reliever Jorge Sosa. Brad Davis will likely start tonight.
Hatcher hit .202 with three homers and 26 RBI in 84 games for Double A Jacksonville this season. He was hitting .167 with 2 homers and 10 RBI in 17 games with New Orleans.