DENVER -- Michael Morse missed the first 50 games of the season with a right lat strain, so it's not surprising it's taken him some time to get back in a groove since being activated June 1. In his first two games back, Morse went 0-for-8 with three strikeouts, and his batting average after 10 games was .200. But Morse, who hit .303 with a career-high 31 home runs in 2011, has been better since, including a 4-for-5, 2 RBIs night on Tuesday against the Rockies. His current batting average of .250 is as high as it's been all season. "All it takes sometimes is one game, two games [to get on track]," manager Davey Johnson said.
The power numbers still haven't come back for Morse, whose .352 slugging percentage would be the second-lowest of his career. Morse had a .550 slugging mark last year. Morse had hit just one homer entering Wednesday's game against Colorado. "I still don't think he's exactly where he needs to be, he's hitting most of his balls hard the other way and I need him hitting his balls all over," Johnson said. "It's not easy to be out two or three months, but I think he'll be fine."