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Morse not worried about lat strain

Mar 6, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

Updated at 3:18 p.m.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Michael Morse was a late scratch from the Nationals' lineup for today's spring training game against the Braves due to a lat strain that had been bothering him for several days, but the cleanup hitter doesn't believe he'll be out more than a day or two.

The club officially said Morse's status is "day-to-day," and the left fielder backed up that sentiment when describing the injury. Asked if he's worried at all, he replied: "No, I'm not, and I get worried. It's early and there's plenty of time to get it going. I can still hit, I can still run, I just can't throw. I'll be fine hitting."

Even if the injury isn't serious, it wouldn't be surprising if Morse misses several days because manager Davey Johnson tends to be overly cautious with all of players when dealing with minor tweaks and scrapes.

Morse's strain is to the right latissimus dorsi, the muscle that stretches from the upper back to underneath the armpit. It's a common injuryRead more »

  1. Steady Eddie - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    gulp…

  2. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    And thanks to Ted Lerner and Mike Rizzo, the depth is pretty pathetic on the bench.

  3. Not Werth It - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    You think Davey is serious about the whole giving Bryce Harper a real shot to make opening day thing? I'd say so.

  4. Cwj - Mar 6, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Hopefully it's not too serious, to state the obvious.Losing Morse for any amount of time in the regular season would be catastrophic for the offense.

  5. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    Most juvenile comment of the dayAnonymous said… And thanks to Ted Lerner and Mike Rizzo, the depth is pretty pathetic on the bench. March 06, 2012 12:36 PM

  6. SpingfieldNatsFan1 - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Is this similar to the Zimmerman injury last year but a tear? With our often pathetic offense we can't afford to lose Morse for any significant time.

  7. ehay2k - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    Ouch! I think the Nats need a stretching coach: Harper hurt his hammy last year, Marrero tore his (I bet that hurts a lot), now Morse. Just seems like we get a lot of soft tissue injuries.Bring the best non-injured 25 North! (gulp)

  8. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    Oh, God! It is spring training and someone is hurt. What chance do we have now for a successful season?Another epic failure by the Nats honchos.

  9. Sec 3, My Sofa - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    And in honor of the late Davy Jones:Take the Lat Strain to Clarkesville

  10. Unkyd - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    Sofa….: Brilliant!!!

  11. lefty1950 - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Sofa, you have too much time on your hands, but very very clever!!

  12. blovy8 - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I'm A Believer, but the thing is, it's not like any outfielder is EVER going to get a minor injury that might be helped by rest and a capable outfielder filling in, right?

  13. Rabbit - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    We won't lose Mores. But, even if we did, our starting pitching and the pen will keep us in all games!!! Can you believe that!@@??!!

  14. SweetBlues - Mar 6, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    Da$%

  15. blovy8 - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Best part of the spring so far is DeRosa hitting a homer. That's pretty much the bench.

  16. baseballswami - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Tommy Milone pitching on mlb channel for the a's against the brewers. awwww – our little tommy is all grown up now!

  17. NatsNut - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    wait, isn't that where the labrum is too? gulp is right.

  18. baseballswami - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Yes, I know he's not a Nat anymore, but little Tommy just struck out Braun. I can't help but feel a little proud of him. He represents the present day quality of our farm system. It's interesting watching where former nats end up.

  19. RPrecupjr - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    No, NatsNut, it's "near" the labrum in the sense that they both are involved in the articulation of the shoulder joint, that's about it. The lat (or latissimus dorsi) is the muscle that, if you look at an athlete's back, makes that "V" shape from the shoulders to the lower back. As we discovered with LaRoche last year, the labrum affects swinging the bat as well as throwing. Morse says his only issue is throwing. My guess is he aired one out in practice and tweaked it a little. I wouldn't be surprised to see 2-3 days off with ice, massage and whirlpool therapy followed by a couple of days as DH before returning to left field.

  20. MicheleS - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Just posted on twitterPeter Gammons‏@pgammoNats gave Lee County their plans to reconstruct Boston's former downtown Ft Myers park, likely there in 2014 if county can afford it

  21. Anonymous - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    new post — GIO

  22. Sec 3, My Sofa - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    Ft. Myers? Cool. Still got peeps there.

  23. SonnyG10 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    Ala Sam Huff, just rub some black salve on it and it'll be fine.

  24. Sec 3, My Sofa - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    wait, isn't that where the labrum is too?I think Labrum is up Rte. 1, past Greenbelt.What? Oh. Nevermind.

  25. Sec 3, My Sofa - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    My guess is he aired one out in practice and tweaked it a little.That, and the cold snap they had the other day couldn't have helped. Gives me back spasms almost every time.

  26. Ask Da Meat Hook Bout Dat - Mar 7, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    I wouldn't be surprised to see 2-3 days off with ice, massage and whirlpool therapyThere's nothing a guy won't do to get Tatiana to lay some hands on him.

  27. SweetBlues - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    This injury is evidently more problematic than originally thought.

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