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Michael Morse’s left wrist still hurting but he wants to play

Michael Morse Gary Cameron/Reuters

Michael Morse sat out Monday’s game with a hurt hand and received treatment for it, Nationals Manager Davey Johnson said following Monday’s game. But Morse said that even though his left wrist still bothers him, he was willing to play.

“Still feels a little bit banged up a little,” Morse said. “Not too bad.”

Added Johnson: “He was pestering me all day today. He wanted to go in and play first. He wanted to play third. … He’ll be all right.”

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 in the training room.

Johnson said he wasn’t sure how long Morse would need off. But the left fielder said he was ready to play Monday, and seemed anxious to return to the lineup as soon as possible.

It’s unclear what treatment Morse received on Monday. Johnson said that one of his priorities in the next few days, especially if and when they clinch the NL East division title, is to get Morse healthy.

“He was a big guy in the lineup last year and he hasn’t really been fully healthy all year,” Johnson said.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.



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James Wagner · September 24, 2012