Michael Morse out with hurt hand, unclear when he will return

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Michael Morse will miss Monday’s game while nursing a hurt hand and it’s unclear how long he will be out, Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said. Morse has been dealing with a bone bruise in his left hand which caused him to miss four games last week, and he jammed his right thumb in mid-August and was hit by a pitch on the right hand later that month.

After Sunday’s game, Morse complained of pain in his hand, Johnson said. He had asked Morse in the fifth inning how he felt, as the manager was seeking to rest him if needed and pull him in a double switch, but Morse insisted he was fine. Johnson said he is unsure which of Morse’s hands is hurt and how long he will be out.

“I think he was looking forward to getting a [cortisone] shot or something so I’m just going to stay off of him,” Johnson said.

Morse will see the team doctor and Johnson will decide then when the left fielder can return. Morse had battled injuries all season, missing the first 50 games of the season with a lateral muscle injury and nursed hand and wrist injuries for over the past month. When he returned last week, Morse acknowledged having to play through some pain in his wrist and hands for the rest of the season

“There is no sense in being a hero, but a lot of guys aren’t going to tell you,” Johnson said. “I’m going to still ask if they have something that seems to be bothering them or if they complain after the game.” 

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