MLB roundup: Nyjer Morgan seeks MLB return, Eddie Rosario suspended

Mike McGinnis

The former Brewers and Nationals outfielder eyes a return to Major League Baseball after spending 2013 in Japan.

Nyjer Morgan is looking for a return to the major leagues, his agent tells Jerry Crasnick of

The 33-year-old outfielder hit .294/.361/.434 with 11 home runs and 15 doubles in 108 games with the Yokohama Bay Stars in Japan in 2013. Morgan last played in MLB with the Brewers in 2012.

"Japan was a great experience for Nyjer and he would still enjoy playing there, but he's had a great deal of success in the States and would love to come back here as well," Morgan's agent Jonathan Maurer told Crasnick. "We've had interest from teams who see him as a guy who could come in and spell a starter or possibly earn more playing time."

In parts of six major league seasons, Morgan hit .280/.341/.364 with 73 doubles and 117 stolen bases in 583 games.

Minnesota minor leaguer Rosario suspended

Twins minor league infielder Eddie Rosario was suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse, Major League Baseball announced on Saturday. The positive test was a violation of the minor league drug prevention and treatment program.

News of a possible suspension was first reported in November, when Rosario informed his winter league team of the pending punishment, but wasn't officially announced until Saturday.

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The 22-year-old second baseman hit .302/.350/.460 with 32 doubles, 10 home runs and eight triples in 122 games between Class-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain in 2013. Rosario was drafted by the Twins in the fourth round in 2010. John Sickels of Minor League Ball rated Rosario as the fifth-best prospect in the Twins system heading into 2014.

Huff announces retirement

Former first baseman and outfielder Aubrey Huff told Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish he is retired. Huff, 37, last played in 2012 with the Giants, but any thoughts of a comeback ended when he took a job announcing college baseball games for the Pac-12 Network.

"I'm officially done. I have no desire to play anymore," Huff told Cotillo. "That has come and gone. I couldn't even imagine picking up a bat and trying to get ready for the whole grind of a baseball season anymore. I'm enjoying this way too much, just hanging out."

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Huff batted .278/.342/.464 in his 13-year MLB career. He hit 360 doubles and 242 home runs in 1,681 games for the (Devil) Rays, Astros, Orioles, Tigers and Giants.

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