Morse ready and rarin’ to rejoin Mariners

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Right fielder Michael Morse returned from a five-week stint on the disabled list Tuesday, eager to rejoin a Mariners club that has caught fire in July.

Morse was immediately penciled into the starting lineup in right field and sixth in the batting order for the series opener against the Red Sox.

“I feel good. I feel healthy. I’m ready to go,” Morse said. “It’s good to be back. The guys have been playing great, it’s been fun to watch, and now I get a chance to be part of it.”

The Mariners went 18-13 during Morse’s stint on the DL after he finally succumbed to a strained right quadriceps muscle that had been hindering him for several weeks prior to that. The big slugger also played through a broken finger earlier in the season that slowed him after a hot start in April when he had nine home runs by May 1.

Morse was hitting .251 with 11 home runs and 23 RBIs in 56 games going into Tuesday’s return.

“It’s been a tough season,” he said. “I had a couple injuries here and there, the finger and now this quad. But that’s the season. Everybody plays with some injuries and stuff. I’m healthy now. I’ve got two more months to help out the team. My goal now is to try to help the team win as many ballgames as possible.”

Morse hit .250 (6-for-24) in six rehab games with Triple-A Tacoma with a double, triple, home run and two RBIs. He said his leg has felt fine since he joined the Rainiers and it’s just been a matter of regaining his timing.

“I feel good. Baseball-wise, I feel great,” he said. “No rust. We’ve been playing this game since we were kids. I don’t even think about it. My leg has felt good for a while now. I was just down there to play a little baseball.”

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