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Morrison sidelined with tight hamstring

Outfielder day to day after being replaced by Saunders in first inning vs. Rangers

ARLINGTON -- Mariners right fielder Logan Morrison was removed from Monday's series opener against the Rangers with a tight right hamstring in the first inning without ever getting into the game.

Morrison was in the starting lineup in the fifth spot in the order, but didn't come to the plate in the top of the first. When the Mariners took the field in the bottom half, Michael Saunders took his place in right field.

Manager Lloyd McClendon said Morrison will be re-evaluated on Tuesday and his availability was "day to day."

Morrison, acquired from the Marlins in December in a trade for reliever Carter Capps, is hitting .150 (3-for-20) in his first eight games. He's played three games at designated hitter and was making his fourth start in right field, where he has split time with Saunders and rookie Stefen Romero in the first two weeks.

Morrison hit 23 home runs with 72 RBIs for the Marlins in 2011, but saw his playing time and production dip the past two years while he dealt with a pair of knee surgeries. He hit .242 with six homers and 36 RBIs in 85 games last year for Miami.

The Mariners will head to Miami to face the Marlins in a three-game Interleague series this weekend after opening their road trip with four games in Texas.

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog.
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