Morse rejoins club, says he’s a day or two away

After staying behind in Seattle to treat a strained right quadriceps muscle while the Mariners played a pair of games in San Diego, right fielder Michael Morse rejoined the club on Friday at Target Field in time for a three-game set with the Twins.

Morse isn’t ready to play just yet, however, and was not in the lineup for Friday’s series opener.

“It’s better,” he said. “I can hit. I can do everything. The one thing I feel is running. It’s just sore, a little tight. It’s not a pulled feeling anymore. If it was up to me, I’d give it one or two more days and I’ll be fine.”

Morse, who leads the team with 11 home runs, injured the leg while trying to score from first on a double by Michael Saunders in the fourth inning of Tuesday’s 6-1 loss to the Padres at Safeco Field.

“To me it’s such a fluke thing,” said the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder. “I felt so good. I’ve taken really good care of my legs and I felt great in the outfield. I felt really good running, especially right there I felt great. I just tried to push it a little too much. I compare it to like driving a car and red-lining a car. You just don’t do that. I tried to run a little faster and I’m not fast, so I don’t know what I was doing.”

Morse, 31, spent Wednesday and Thursday getting treatment at Safeco Field and watching his teammates split a pair in San Diego.

“I was actually in the clubhouse and it was weird because no one else was in there and I was just doing rehab stuff,” he said. “Every time we started getting on a roll, I didn’t move. That first game was frustrating, but [Thursday] was a nice game to watch.”

Morse hit off a tee while in Seattle and said everything felt fine swinging the bat. Now he just needs to be able to run full speed to return to the lineup. He’s hitting .254 with 21 RBIs in 45 games.

First baseman Justin Smoak also remained sidelined Friday with a sore oblique muscle. Smoak said he’s still not able to swing full-out left-handed, thus is not in the lineup against right-hander Mike Pelfry.

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