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Posted at 07:26 PM ET, 06/01/2012

Mark DeRosa, Ryan Mattheus could return soon, and other Nationals injury updates

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The Nationals will receive a significant boost with Michael Morse back in the lineup, but they still have several injuries to nurse. Here’s a rundown:

Reliever Henry Rodriguez said he did not expect to be able to pitch tonight with a swollen right finger, which he slammed in a door. Manager Davey Johnson, though, said “he’s available” tonight. Of course, the game was postponed, so we’ll see tomorrow.

Reliever Ryan Mattheus, on the disabled list since May 22 with plantar fasciitis, threw from 120 feet today. “He feels great,” Johnson said, but there is no firm timetable for his return.

Mark DeRosa, sidelined since April 29 with an oblique strain, could soon serve as the designated hitter in a rehab appearance at Class A Potomac. Johnson hopes to have DeRosa back soon to help replace Chad Tracy’s impact off the bench.

Brad Lidge is throwing to hitters in Florida, and Drew Storen continues to play catch in Viera. Lidge could return in less than two weeks. Storen is aiming to come back at some point around the all-star break.

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