PHOENIX -– Giants first baseman Michael Morse left Saturday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning because of back tightness, the team announced.
Morse was 1-for-3 with a strikeout and appeared to over-rotate on a swing against right-hander Brandon McCarthy in his at-bat in the fourth. Morse played first base in the bottom of that inning but did not look comfortable as he stood at his position.
The Giants already are missing Angel Pagan, who hasn’t started five consecutive games because of back stiffness. Pagan received an epidural earlier in the week and remains day-to-day, with the disabled list looming if he’s not playable by Sunday or Monday.
The club just optioned backup outfielder Juan Perez to Triple-A Fresno, so they’re thin out there. Morse, the opening-day left fielder, still starts there when Buster Posey gets the nod at first base and figures to move back permanently when Brandon Belt returns from the disabled list in a couple weeks.
Check back for more info on Morse in the postgame coverage.