WASHINGTON -- The Marlins signed Michael Morse to a two-year, $16 million deal in December with the idea he would be able to provide them with what Garrett Jones couldn't last season at first base -- power, defense and consistency.
So far that hasn't been the case, and Tuesday Morse found himself on the bench again for the second day in a row and the third time in the last four days.
Is Morse angry? Apparently not.
"I'm always just about winning and I'm happy for anybody that gets a chance to play -- especially [Justin] Bour," Morse said. "He's swinging the bat awesome. [Monday] that [go-ahead] home run [in the seventh inning] was big for us. Even if I was in there today I'd probably run into manager's office and tell them 'Better play that guy.' Like I said, I'm all about winning man."
Morse, who is hitting .193 with only two homers and eight RBI in 23 games, has struck out 28 times this season. He struckout three times in four at-bats the last time he started on Sunday. Still, Morse remains optimistic things will turn around.
"Last time I started out bad I had the best year of my career -- so I'm pretty excited," said Morse, who after a dreadful April in 2011 (.211, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 21 Ks) finished the season with career-highs in batting average (.303), homers (31) and RBI (95).
"I've never met a baseball player whose had a career where they haven't gone through some rough patches. I mean, I've had times like this my whole career. To me, I'm not worried about it. I know what I can do and hopefully I get a chance to do it."
Redmond, who inserted Bour into the starting lineup for the second day in row, reiterated Morse remains in the Marlins long-term plans. But he's also taking things "day-to-day" with Morse.
"Sometimes resting a guy for a couple days and getting his mind clear and free is exactly what they need," Redmond said. "We need this guy. We’ve got to get him going."
RAMOS WAS UNAVAILABLE MONDAY
The Marlins bullpen had a night to forget Monday, blowing leads in the seventh and eighth innings in a 6-4 loss to the Nationals. Turns out they were a little short-handed.
Redmond said pitcher A.J. Ramos was unavailable with a neck injury after he took a misstep on the mound Sunday.
Redmond said he likely would have turned to Ramos to face Jayson Werth with two outs and the tying run on third in the seventh inning. Instead, Sam Dyson surrendered the tying run when Werth smacked an 0-2 pitch to center.
The Marlins retook the lead 4-2 in the top of the eighth, but the Nationals rallied for four runs against Bryan Morris in the bottom half of the frame.
"We just want to give [Ramos] a couple extra days to make sure everything is all right," Redmond said. "[Morris] has pitched a couple of days in a row too, and a lot of pitches. So Might have to use a couple different guys out there tonight."
> Left fielder Christian Yelich will play one more rehab game Wednesday in Jupiter before likely rejoining the Marlins in San Francisco. Yelich, on the disabled list since April 20 with a back strain, played seven innings in his second rehab game Monday and had a stolen base and a hit.
"He's taking [Tuesday] off and will play nine innings -- the goal is to play nine -- [Wednesday]," Redmond said. "We'll evaluate him. But he's probably not far off."