Michael Morse will likely rest his aching left wrist until next Tuesday and miss the entire weekend series against the second-place Braves, Manager Davey Johnson said. Morse missed Wednesday’s game against the Mets after doctors diagnosed a bone bruise caused by a torn sheath in his left wrist.
Morse said he felt better today, but he skipped practice in order to give his wrist more rest. His power has been lacking as he has played through the injury, and the Nationals want to get Morse fully healthy for the stretch run and postseason.
“He’s still bothered by it,” Johnson said. “I didn’t think it was going to heal in 48 hours. He’s got to come through a full workout before I’d even want to take a chance on him. I don’t want to make it worse. And we’ve got three guys champing at the bit who’d like some playing time.”
Johnson replaced Morse with Roger Bernadina tonight to face Braves right-hander Kris Medlen. He could also use rookies Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi.
Johnson may also be taking comfort in the Nationals’ position in the standings. They lead the Braves by 8½ games with 19 games left, a commanding lead that they should be able to protect no matter who is injured. Johnson, though, said their decision with Morse will not be determined by their place in the standings.
“You don’t want to run somebody out there that’s hurt, that could get hurt worse,” Johnson said. “He’s been nursing it for a month. The results haven’t been that great. He’s been getting some hits, but he hasn’t been hitting with enough power. We just need to get him healthy.”