Morse dealing with a weighty issue

Move over Jenny Craig, the Mike Morse Diet also works wonders.

All you have to do is get sick for three days and watch the pounds disappear.

That’s what the Mariners outfielder/infielder did last week, shedding nine pounds from his 6-foot-5 frame.

“I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep. . .It was awful,” he said this morning. “I couldn’t leave the house. All I could do was lay down. My body was drained. I still haven’t gained all the weight I lost, but I’m feeling a lot better.”

Morse said he isn’t worried about regaining all the weight he lost, but the three days he lost to illness also kept him out of the Mariners lineup. And that is not a good thing.

He is battling for an Opening Day roster spot and missed time is missed opportunity.

Morse returned to action on Monday against the White Sox and went 0-for-3, dropping his Cactus League average to .200. But he went 2-for-2 and scored three runs against Australia on Wednesday night.

Besides taking batting practice, fielding practice all over the field and playing in games, Morse spends some of his time picking Ken Griffey Jr.’s brain.

“He’s a good guy, a real good guy.”

So, what can kind of advice can he get from him?

“What kind of advice can’t he give you?” Morse said. “He can give you financial advice, he can give you advice on cars, he can give you baseball advice. Baseball is one of the things he can help you with. He has had such an amazing career, that he’s been through it all. He has been at the top, is still at the top, and he can tell you how to get there and how to stay there.”

Morse just hopes that the advice he gets from Griffey will continue into the regular season — as teammates.

— Jim Street


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