6/8/2013 12:48 P.M. ET
Morrison nearing return as rehab stint winds down
First baseman could return this week, while Stanton's status remains unclear
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
NEW YORK -- Logan Morrison belted a two-run homer for Double-A Jacksonville on Friday night. The Marlins are hoping the first baseman is close to making an impact at the big league level.
Morrison is winding down his 20-day rehab assignment stint, and chances are he could be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on Monday when the Marlins begin a three-game series with the Brewers.
"I anticipate him being ready to go," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
Recovering from last September's surgery on his right knee, Morrison opened the season on the DL. Because of so much lost time, he has taken the full 20 days allotted to position players on rehab assignment.
Morrison has played in 15 rehab games total, with nine at Double-A Jacksonville. He has had 55 at-bats.
When Morrison returns, he will take over at first base.
The knee hasn't given him any trouble. A main reason he stayed the full 20 days is to get as many at-bats as possible after he missed some much time dating back to last year.
While Morrison could be back in a couple of days, there is uncertainty regarding right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton is on a rehab assignment with Class A Jupiter, but because of rainouts, he hasn't played since Wednesday.
Stanton, on the DL with a strained right hamstring, has appeared in two games and has six at-bats.
Nathan Eovaldi, out with right shoulder inflammation, is scheduled to make a rehab assignment start for Jacksonville on Sunday. If all goes well, the right-hander could be joining the Marlins at the end of next week.
"I think it's good news that guys are coming, and hopefully coming soon," Redmond said. "That will definitely help us out."