NEW YORK -- Newest Orioles player Michael Morse, acquired Friday in a trade with Seattle, joined the club on Saturday, but wasn’t in the starting lineup after arriving at the team hotel in New York around 3:30 a.m. following a late flight from Houston, where the Mariners were playing.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Morse will be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Yankees.
"He's pretty excited about being here,” Showalter said. “When they were in our place, he had heard a lot of talk about our interest in him. He said it's been a long wait."
Morse, who enjoyed his best major league seasons with the Nationals, said he was excited about joining the Orioles and returning to the area.
“To get claimed by Baltimore, for me it’s a great opportunity,” Morse said. “It’s a great ballclub and a great team to be a part of. I’m very excited to be here.
“This is a great area,” Morse added. “Baltimore-DC area is a great area. It’s a good baseball area. There are a lot of fans. To me, it’s always been good. I’m just happy to be back.”
Morse’s former manager in Washington, Davey Johnson, said the Orioles acquisition of Morse should help. Johnson, a former Orioles player and manager, should know.
“He’s a big impact on a lineup,” Johnson told the Washington Times. “Huge. In Camden Yards? I shudder to think. That ballpark is made just for him. He’s that right-center hitters and that’s the jet stream. He’s a good fit there.
Morse agreed he’s looking forward to playing at Camden Yards, where he’s a career .283 hitter in 15 games there.
“I am, but I’m also excited to watch these and keep watching how they’re playing,” Morse said. “It’s all about getting to the postseason. That’s the goal. Whatever it takes, I’m for it.”
Morse was working his way around the Orioles clubhouse meeting his new teammates. He played two years with Adam Jones in Seattle and knows Danny Valencia because both are from South Florida.