Michael Morse’s hit-by-pitch, Jayson Werth booed by fans

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.


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.”

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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