Michael Morse hopeful for Tuesday return, Davey Johnson uncertain

September 16, 2012

(Alex Brandon / AP)

Michael Morse will miss his fourth consecutive game tonight with a bone bruise in his left wrist. While Morse hopes to play Tuesday, when the Nationals open a series at Nationals Park against the Dodgers, Manager Davey Johnson will wait and see.

“I’m not counting on nothing,” Johnson said. “I’m not taking anything for granted. I hope that thing gets better. He’s going to have to be able to take BP.”

Morse said, flatly, “I want to play Tuesday.” But he did not take batting practice today. Morse plans to received treatment and swing the bat Monday at Nationals Park.

“I just want to get some of the pain away so I can ride the rest of the way, go for it,” Morse said. “I’m trying to get better better now. I think a little rest right now will help me out.”

Johnson said the decision on Morse’s status for Tuesday could hinge on the opposing starter. Johnson has worried about Morse getting jammed by a hard fastball and further injuring his wrist. For now, the Dodgers’ probable starter is Aaron Harang, who relies on a sinker averaging only 89.7 miles per hour this year.

“It depends on who’s pitching,” Johnson said. “At this time of the season, I’d probably be a little more aggressive if the doctors tell me it’s not something that can get worse. It’s basically a bone bruise. I don’t think they get worse unless you hit it.”

Morse played through pain in his left wrist, but Tuesday night in New York he admitted to Johnson the bruise began to affect him. Morse had only four extra-base hits in the month prior to alerting Johnson.

Tyler Moore will play in Morse’s place. The Nationals also have Steve Lombardozzi and Roger Bernadina to play left field in his absence.

Adam Kilgore covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.
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