The last time Mike Morse wore a Tacoma Rainiers jersey, it was back in 2009 when he was still trying to break into the major leagues.
He’s wearing one tonight for entirely different reasons. Morse is making his first minor-league rehab appearance since heading to the disabled list with a strained right quadriceps on June 22, though he first injured it against the San Diego Padres on May 28.
He’ll bat third as the designated hitter at Cheney Stadium tonight against the Tuscon Padres.
Also in tonight’s lineup is Jesus Montero. He’s at first base in his first home game since recovering from a torn meniscus. He played two road games in Fresno, batting 3-for-8 (.375) with three runs.
He’ll be with the Rainiers until the Mariners’ decision makers decide whether he’s improved at the plate enough to earn his roster spot back. He left Seattle batting .203.
Young lefty James Paxton (6-7, 4.58 ERA) is pitching tonight against Tuscon’s Brandon Kloess. A Rainiers loss could mean they move out of first place in the Pacific Coast League standings for the first time since May 2