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Nats still hoping for Morse on Opening Day

Mar 23, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

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Michael Morse hopes to resume baseball activities soon.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Though Michael Morse has yet to appear in the field this spring and has yet to resume baseball activities after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection near his injured lat muscle, the Nationals still believe there's a chance their cleanup hitter could be in the starting lineup come Opening Day.

"I feel good about him Opening Day," general manager Mike Rizzo said following today's exhibition game against the Astros. "And if not Opening Day, soon thereafter."

Morse expressed the same optimism this morning before going through conditioning drills at Space Coast Stadium.

"I feel good," he said. "I feel great."

Morse has been instructed by the Nationals not to discuss the PRP treatment, but he displayed a full range of motion of his right shoulder and offered no reason to believe he's experiencing any pain around hisRead more »

  1. Tcostant - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Sounds like last year when the Nats were hoping LaRoche would make it though the season. My optimism is turning…

  2. Section 222 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    "I feel good about him Opening Day," general manager Mike Rizzo said.RSD (Rosy Scenario Disease) has infected all of them. Would it kill them to say, "we're hopeful that he'll be ready, but there's really no telling what will happen."? Or is saying that you feel good about his early return a way of deflecting possible criticism of your offseason failure to get much of an outfield bench?

  3. Anonymous - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    "I feel good," he said. "I feel great."Then why aren't you playing

  4. Cwj - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    I'm much more worried about Morse than LaRoche.Morse's bat is very much needed for the Nats to contend.Not good if he misses more than a month of the regular season.

  5. Cwj - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Anon 4:28- because, as Mark said he's "waiting for doctors to give him the green light to resume throwing and hitting, an order that should come within the next few days."The Nats are being cautious and that's good I think.

  6. bdrube - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    I'm bringing this post of mine from an earlier thread over here because it is quite relevant:One thing no one seems to mention with Morse is that one of the reasons he didn't have his break out season until age 29 is that he appears to have been very injury prone his whole career. In '08 he made the M's opening day roster, played 6 games and was out the rest of the year. In 2006 and 2007, he seems to have only played about half a season, split between the minors and the majors. And, of course, he missed about a month playing for us in 2010.As far as health goes, last year appears to have been a aberration for him.

  7. NatsNut - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Hooray!! My Tickets came! (happy dance)

  8. HHover - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    bdrubeI don't think his overall injury history is really that excessive. Baseballprospectus.com has a helpful injury log for players. It doesn't appear Morse was injured in '06 and '07, but you're right about 08 and 10. Still, missing basically a month over the last 3 years (09-11) hardly makes him a porcelain doll.

  9. ehay2k - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    I would rather they take the cautious route with Morse and LaRoche then put them in there when they are not ready. Look what happened to LaRoche last year – he couldn't throw, but he played, clearly made the shoulder worse, and was done for the year. Would things have been better if he was on the DL to start the season, to give everything time to heal? Perhaps not, but in hindsight, it could not have possibly been the worse of the two options.@NatsNut – my tickets are here too. I just hope they are for games where the starters are playing!

  10. Section 222 - Mar 23, 2012 at 8:59 PM

    @NatsNut — congrats. So what do you think of the pictures on the tickets? Not much creativity or variety as opposed to past years. Just Morse, Strasburg, Zim, and Werth. Over and over and over again.

  11. hmmm... - Mar 23, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    did laroche "feel good, feel great" at the beginning of last year?

  12. bdrube - Mar 23, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    @HHover – weird about 2006 & 2007 since he only played about a half a season's worth of games those two years.

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