Michael Morse removed because of back tightness

Michael Morse removed because of back tightness
June 21, 2014, 10:15 pm
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Michael Morse was 1-for-3 with a strikeout Saturday night before departing. (AP)

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.

[RELATED: Angel Pagan has epidural, could return Saturday]

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.

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