Nationals left field Michael Morse plans to receive tests on his aching left wrist and miss at least Wednesday’s series finale in New York against the Mets. Morse said he has played through the pain for about month, but he tonight reached the point that he felt his diminished state had begun to hurt the Nationals.
“I’m not helping the team when I’m not 100 percent,” Morse said. “I’m not helping myself, either. I’m going to get it looked at the next couple days and get down to the bottom of it and try to get back to 100 percent. I’m not 100 percent.”
Morse hurt his right thumb when he was jammed during an at-bat in San Francisco in mid-August. Morse missed only one game, but when he returned to the lineup he overcompensated. He let go of the bat with his right-hand during his swing, which hurt led to his left wrist injury.
Since the day Morse hurt his hand, he has hit .238 with two homers, 22 strikeouts and four walks in 94 plate appearance. Tuesday night, he went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts.
“I haven’t really tried to say anything about it,” Morse said. “But I’ve got both my hands hurting.”
Tonight, Morse finally told Manager Davey Johnson about the injury. Johnson said Morse would miss “ a couple” days and didn’t rule out Morse playing during the pivotal weekend series in Atlanta. Morse plans to receive both an MRI and an x-ray.
“I’m not worried,” Morse said. “It’s always good to just know, precautionary. Just get something going from here. I’m just, I’m sick of hurting the team.”