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Mr. Morse Is About To Play Again - In Instructional League

Mike Morse, the utilityman who won a spot on the opening day roster by hitting nearly .400 last spring - only to be injured diving for a fly ball in April - has been cleared to play again.

Just not with the Mariners.

Morse, whose badly separated shoulder required surgery, will be a desinated hitter in Peoria, Ariz. beginning next week, then play winter ball in November.

The team expects him to be ready to compete for a starting job - first base, anyone? - next spring, and it's a good thing.

Morse will be out of options. If he doesn't make the opening day roster, he can become a free agent.

At 26, Morse is the best chance the Mariners have to still find an impact player in the Freddie Garcia trade that produced Miguel Olivo and Jeremy Reed.

A big, strong right-handed hitter who figures to play for just over the minimum nex year?

Yes, Virginia, the Mariners could use a few of those.