Rick Ankiel, Michael Morse out of the lineup

Rick Ankiel will miss at least one more game after tonight with a wrist injury he suffered Monday night. Ankiel received an X-ray on his sprained right wrist, which came back negative. But swelling and pain have kept from even taking batting practice the past few days.

He’ll miss one “if not two more” games, Manager Jim Riggleman said. “He’s not feeling real good swinging the bat. I’m not sure when we’ll get him back in there. I’m certainly anxious to get him back in there.”

Michael Morse, who was a late scratch last night with right knee soreness, is also out tonight’s lineup. Morse said his knee is feeling better, and Riggleman said he’s “more playable” than Ankiel. Riggleman said the disabled list has not been a consideration for either player.

Jerry Hairston is also dealing with a sore left foot, which he fouled a ball off of last night, Riggleman said. Last night, Hairston insisted he was fine, and he’s in the lineup today, playing center field.

With Hairston in center, Riggleman played Alex Cora at third base and batted him second, wanting to put a left-handed bat high in the lineup with Roy Halladay pitching. Laynce Nix will bat cleanup and play left field in Morse’s place.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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