After being hit squarely on the left forearm by a 94-mph fastball by Pirates reliever Chris Resop, Michael Morse said he was fine and that the injury, which isn’t expect to sideline him, was just a bruise
Morse grimaced after the pitch, grabbing his left forearm and walking to first. Brian Bixler pinch ran for Morse after the injury not because the first baseman was hurt, but because Bixler is a quicker runner, a weapon with a tie game in the bottom of the eighth.
Jayson Werth, who was hitting after Morse, popped out to right field for the inning’s first out. In the second game of the doubleheader, Werth finished 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a run scored after reaching on a walk. In both games on Saturday, the right fielder who signed with the Nationals for $126 million managed only two hits in eight at-bats. Overall, Werth is hitting .224.
As he walked toward the dugout following that final at-bat, Werth took off his helmet and seemed to tip it to the booing crowd. It was the second time the crowd had forcefully booed Werth, the first coming after his second strikeout in the sixth inning of Saturday’s night game. Following the 4-3 win, he declined to talk with reporters.
“He’s a great ballplayer and he’s going to get it going,” Manager Dvaey Johnson said following the win. “He takes it as hard as anybody around here. He works hard. He’s a gamer. He’s going to be fine. I’m not worried about him. I hate to see them booing him, but that’s part of the game. When you’re doing good, they cheer you. When you’re not doing so good, they boo you.”