Humble Morris: ‘I have to earn it’

A humble Hunter Morris said he does not intend to change anything in light of the bad news about Mat Gamel.

“I think I’m probably expected to go about my work the same way as I would [otherwise],” Morris said after the Brewers’ workout on Monday. “That’s my mentality right now — just continue to work the same way I came in preparing to work.”

Morris heard along with everybody else Monday morning that Gamel had suffered another season-ending knee injury. That news thrust Morris into the spotlight as a leading contender to man first base at the start of the season while Corey Hart recovers from his own knee injury.

Other in-house candidates include Taylor Green, Alex Gonzalez and nonroster invitee Bobby Crosby.

“I feel terrible for [Gamel]. I don’t know any of the details, but that’s such an unfortunate situation for him,” said Morris, who counted himself among those excited for Gamel to get a second chance after last season ended in such frustration.

While Gamel was rehabbing, Morris batted .303 with 28 home runs and 113 RBIs at Double-A Huntsville, winning Southern League MVP honors. But he spoke humbly on Monday.

“It’s a big jump [from Double-A to the big leagues] and us talking about it doesn’t mean I’m going to get the job,” Morris said. “I have to go out and I have to earn it and I have to do a lot of things extraordinary. Doing that also comes with not putting too much pressure on myself. I’ll be playing baseball somewhere this year, I don’t know where it will be.”

He added: “Opportunities arise in the game all the time, and it’s up to me to take advantage of it. But you don’t wish [injury] on another player — ever.”

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