Tony Plush is back.
That’s right, after a rough 2012 season that saw him playing in Japan last year, the alter ego of outfielder Nyjer Morgan is back on a major league Opening Day roster and he should be worth a late look in fantasy leagues.
Now with the Cleveland Indians, Morgan will break camp with the big club thanks to Michael Bourn beginning the season on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.
Bourn will be back and Morgan may not stick with the Indians long, but there’s some reasons to like Morgan to start the season.
Morgan stole 76 bags from 2009-2010 before his breakthrough season in 2011 with the Brewers where he posted a .304/.357/.421 line in 119 games. After a rough 2012 and off-the-field issues, Morgan found himself overseas last season.
But the Indians could be a last opportunity for Morgan and one he can take advantage of.
When Bourn returns, Morgan could stick around as a pinch hitter/pinch runner, which doesn’t give him very much value in mixed leagues, but that is a different story altogether in AL-only leagues or very deep formats.
At the minimum, Morgan could be a very cheap source of steals and runs to start the season, but there’s a chance that could continue after Bourn returns.
Bourn struggled last season and you never want to hear the word hamstring attached to a speed guy. And with Bourn’s hamstring issues bordering on chronic, Morgan can find himself into a bigger role than originally thought of when he came to camp.
If you are in an Al-Only league and are looking for a sleeper that can find his way into a decent amount of steals and runs, don’t hesitate to snatch Morgan up.