Left fielder Michael Morse received a cortisone shot yesterday to treat his strained right lat muscle, Manager Davey Johnson said. The Nationals scratched Morse from their lineup Tuesday after he felt tightness in the lat while playing catch to warm up, and he has not played since.
Still, Johnson said Morse is “right on track” to be ready for the season. Morse had been practicing outfield drills with third base coach Bo Porter and taking batting practice. The lat strain hurt Morse only when he threw, and he played light catch. In recent days, he began feeling “restrictions” with his shoulder, Johnson said.
Johnson said Morse could return to the lineup as a designated hitter as early as tomorrow, but he did not know for sure.
“He’s probably going to be real sore today” from the shot, Johnson said. “I’ll see how he feels.”
Bryce Harper, out since the Nationals scratched him from Thursday’s lineup with a strained left calf, will most likely not play in tomorrow’s game, Johnson said. Harper has still been taking batting practice, but as of this morning, Harper had yet to test his calf by running. Johnson wants to see Harper go through a full workout before he returns.
“Probably on his schedule, he’d be out there,” Johnson said.
Center fielder Rick Ankiel got another day off today to receive treatment on his tight hamstring, but Johnson doesn’t anticipate him missing significant time. He said it’s not a pull, but just tightness.