MILWAUKEE -- Tony Hush is back.
Despite delivering one of the biggest hits in Brewers history in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the D-backs, center fielder Nyjer Morgan has been struggling throughout the postseason. Along with the struggles has come Morgan's quiet, reserved alter ego, Hush.
Over four days and three games in St. Louis, the usually extroverted Morgan declined interviews with reporters on several occasions. Even upon returning to Milwaukee on Saturday, he was not willing to talk during the Brewers' workout day.
The question Sunday was whether Morgan made the decision to stay quiet during the NL Championship Series, or if his manager talked to him about it.
"I didn't tell him that," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "We talked about it after we got into the series just a little bit. He needs to stay focused on what he is doing and not worry about all the outside stuff that goes on once in a while with him. But no, I didn't have to have that conversation."
Morgan's struggles forced Roenicke's hand in St. Louis, as he started veteran Mark Kotsay in center field in Game 3 and Carlos Gomez there in Game 5.
Roenicke also had a talk with Morgan, who is batting just .192 (5-for-26) with two runs scored and three RBIs in the postseason entering Sunday.
"He's been pressing a little bit. He's trying to do too much," Roenicke said. "And I try to remind him that what he's done for us all year is what we need. We don't need him to be more than what he's been. We need him to be what he's done for us."