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LoMo seeing some action in the outfield

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Logan Morrison felt a little bit like a fish out of water playing right field Saturday for the Mariners, but the former Marlin could be seeing more time there as spring progresses.

Morrison was a first baseman in the Minor Leagues before playing his first two seasons in the Majors in left field for the Marlins. He transitioned back to first base last season due to a pair of knee surgeries that limited his mobility, but manager Lloyd McClendon wants to see what he can do in right field.

"It's just a matter of getting more reps out there," Morrison said after a somewhat adventurous five innings of work in his debut. "I really haven't played right field in a long time, really since junior college. I played a little bit in the Fall League and a little more in Triple-A right before I got called up."

Morrison had trouble chasing down a ball down the line that got into the corner. He later caught the one pop fly hit his way, but only after reaching back across his body at the last second.

"The one I threw behind the runner and I was told not to do that again," he said. "And the other one I caught I almost overran. Then there was a double I got to in the gap that I should have cut off. But I couldn't see. With a tan bat and it's that bright sun, on a line drive the ball looks like part of the barrel. I didn't see it for a really long time. I just heard it and moved that way."

Morrison was back at first base in the late innings of Sunday's 5-3 win over the Angels and will likely see most of his time either there, backing up Justin Smoak, or at designated hitter. But McClendon is looking for versatility in his backup players and the outfield figures to at least be an option, even though Morrison has only recently begun getting some time there in workouts.

"Lloyd doesn't want me to go out there and put too much stress on my leg," Morrison said. "The outfield, I think, is more get to the balls you can get to. And the balls you can't get to, get to them as fast as you can, throw them in and hit your cutoff man. As long as I keep it that simple, it'll be fine."

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