Michael Morse is out of today’s lineup with inflammation in his left elbow, a leftover symptom from the fastball that drilled him last week in Chicago. Laynce Nix replaced him at first base and hitting cleanup.
Last weekend, Morse missed one game before returning to the lineup, then played every game since. But the inflammation flared last night, and after he iced it heavily Manager Davey Johnson decided to hold him out.
“We’re worried it could turn into tendonitis,” Johnson said. “He tried to talk his way into the lineup. I said, ‘If we’re fighting for a pennant, yeah.’ But I’d rather be on the cautious side.”
Morse seemed surprised that wasn’t playing today. He said his elbow “feels the way it’s been feeling” and did not have any sense for how long the inflammation may keep him out of the lineup.
“I have no clue,” Morse said. “I don’t know anything. I came to the park, and I wasn’t in the lineup. That’s all I know. … I guess it’s better to take a day now then take a day later.”
Johnson said he could Morse as a pinch-hitter, but Morse did not take batting practice this afternoon. Asked if Morse would play tomorrow, Johnson said, “We’ll see how it goes.”
Morse showed no ill effects immediatley after his return, going 5 for 15 with two doubles, a walk and a home run in the four games. Morse went 0 for 3 with a walk last night.