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Storen likely to DL, Morse lat healed

Mar 28, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

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Drew Storen resumed throwing today but needs a few weeks to build his arm back up.

Updated at 4:27 p.m.

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Though neither figures to miss much time, both Drew Storen and Michael Morse are expected to open the season on the disabled list.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said as much this morning in updating the status of his closer and cleanup hitter, suggesting each will probably need to remain in Florida after camp breaks next week and go through a short rehab stint before rejoining the roster.

By late afternoon, though, the Nationals had received encouraging news on Morse, whose strained lat muscle has completely healed. He's been cleared to resume baseball activities, though the chances of him being ready for Opening Day still appear slim.

"I'm not going to be that optimistic," Johnson said following a 3-2 victory over the Mets. He added that the clean sonogram taken today ofRead more »

  1. Cease the Opportunity - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Morse was a no show until mid May last season, so may be this will be a good thing to just heal up 100% or as close as you can, Storen too…

  2. SonnyG10 - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    Heal fast boys!

  3. baseballswami - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    Since we are going to be playing baseball into October this year, this will especially help Storen make it through the longer season. I'd rather have issues at the beginning than at the end or have them play dinged up the whole season.

  4. Max - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    If Morse isn't ready to start at Chicago on the 5th, I wouldn't mind seeing Lombardozzi out in LF. Kid's got pop and is a serious athlete.

  5. MicheleS - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Swammi.. pass that Koolaid!Max.. umm, no offense, but Lombo didn't look to good in the OF (but I will take his bat)

  6. Ztown17 - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    since we are going to be playing in october?? seriously? give me a break!

  7. Marty - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    @Ztown17 – Guarantee you we play in October!Series with the Phillies from Oct 1-3. :)

  8. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    Rizzo sooo shoulda swapped Storen for Span when he reportedly had the chance last summer.

  9. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    For all of you out there who trash the Orioles' fans…looks like Opening Day tickets are going for no less than $100 at Camden Yards on stubhub. The Nats, who are supposed to be contending for a playoff spot, can't even get fans to go to Opening Day in a year filled with excitement. $20 tickets for sale!!! Washington will NEVER be a baseball town. As a fan of both teams, pretty telling sign that the Nats have very, very few real fans. Maybe the worst in baseball. As a STH, most of the fans around me know so little about baseball that it isn't even funny. Where are all of the baseball fans??? 7 Million people in the DC area and we can't even get people to watch this team without gimmicks and promotions. Not a good sign for baseball in DC.

  10. SCNatsFan - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:09 PM

    Sounds like Poopy has made the move.

  11. Nats Firin' BBs - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I don't know how many folks trash Orioles fans, however most trash the team. I think that you are using one stat, and some anecdotes about your section at Nats Park, to make a generalization that isn't borne out by other data. The Nats drew 2500 fans per game more than the Orioles last year, and almost 200,000 fans more for the year. I imagine that with the buzz invovled around the team this year, the numbers will be higher. And if they actually play to expectations, the numbers will be higher still. I think that the dates of the openers have something to do with it, as well. April 6th is during Spring Break for school systems around this area, and it is a late Friday afternoon game. Much easier to work a half day and take a half day off than to justify taking a whole day to make it to the Nats opener which is a 1 o'clock start. Also, the Nats opener is the following Thursday, which is not during Spring Break. Just a couple things I think may have some bearing on interest in opening day tix.

  12. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    "Rizzo sooo shoulda swapped Storen for Span when he reportedly had the chance last summer."That makes sense since Span is always so healthy…

  13. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    My guess:Ankiel, LaRoche and Wang (obviously) also start the year on the DL. Pilchard

  14. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Agree with SCNatsFan.

  15. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Span has his health issues, no doubt, but he's just a much more valuable guy than Storen. Storen's a closer in a world where most closers come and go. Guys like Joel Zumaya are very closer-worthy one year (2006) and out of baseball not long after (now), and guys like Joel Hanrahan are bums and become studs (now). Gold Glove caliber, quality hitting CFs are rare birds, even the frail ones.

  16. Feel Wood - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    For all of you out there who trash the Orioles' fans…looks like Opening Day tickets are going for no less than $100 at Camden Yards on stubhub.Opening Day in Baltimore has been a major "event" for years. Dating back to before Camden Yards. People will go to that game, and then never be seen again in the ballpark until Opening Day the next year. An Opening Day sellout in Baltimore says absolutely nothing about the health of the fanbase there.The Nats, who are supposed to be contending for a playoff spot, can't even get fans to go to Opening Day in a year filled with excitement.I stood in line for an hour at the box office on the day that single-game sales began this year. Almost everyone in line was there to buy Opening Day tickets or tickets to the Yankees series. (Not me, since as a STH I already have those. I was buying other games.) That morning, only onesies and twosies were available for Opening Day. By now it is likely sold out. Those tickets you see for $20 on StubHub will be going for much more a week from now when people who have gotten used to walking up at the last minute and getting into Opening Day find out they won't be able to do that this year.

  17. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:52 PM

    Does anyone know how Burnett is doing. Haven't heard how he's feeling from his back spasm.

  18. bups - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    Put Bernardina in LF and Ankiel in CF, if he is heathy. Putting an infielder with no power and no experience in LF makes absolutely no sense.

  19. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:03 PM

    Bowden and Rizzo have had 7 long years to fix the CF poblem and they failed miserably. I say that is pretty pathetic.

  20. Bowdenball - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Can we make a collective pact to stop feeding the Orioles trolls please? We all know why they're here- their team is terrible and hopeless. We all know that it's basically a one sided deal, since very few if any Nats fans troll Orioles message boards. The people that come here are a very small minority of an otherwise outstanding group of baseball fans who have been through hell for the last ten years, and who stick by their team despite having no reasonable hope of decent performance any time soon. Six years ago, we were in almost as miserable a position. It would be great both for our dialogue and as a service to our fellow baseball fans up 95 if we could just ignore the few idiot trolls and not let those people put the rest of the fan base in a negative light.

  21. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    SCNatsFan said… Sounds like Poopy has made the move. March 28, 2012 2:09 PM——————————–I can’t believe Poopy McPoop is now trolling “The Nats Insider”.Mark, block that nutcase.NatsFan05

  22. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    Agreed. My bad, its just hard sometimes.

  23. Cwj - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Anon 1:43- I believe you are absolutely wrong about Storen and Span.The title of closer may not mean anything, but being a very good reliever does. Storen is a very good RP, regardless of the saves he racks up.Span had a concussion. Concussions are brain injuries. Baseball players have a very hard time coming back from such a serious injury.

  24. Cease the Opportunity - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Feel Wood said… Except for the $5 day of the game tickets…

  25. moron for a day - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Concussions are brain injuries. Baseball players have a very hard time coming back from such a serious injury.because unlike other sports – baseball players need brains.oh, never mind.

  26. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Don't think; it can only hurt the ballclub. :-)baseball players need brains.

  27. Cwj - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Moron for a day- Actually yes.Baseball is the "thinking man's game" :DSeriously though, football players are allowed something like a two dozen concussions per year. Brain damage is no joke.When someone like Span or Brian Roberts says that their "brain hurts" and can't tolerate noise or light, that's something to take very seriously.

  28. ehay2k - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Nice one natsfan1a!

  29. ehay2k - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Cwj – sometimes, after I read the comments here, I wake up the next day and I can't tolerate noise or light. All I can remember from the previous night is something about the best 25 coming north, being in the best shape of their lives…I wonder if I am getting a NatsInsider concussion?I will medicate: (BANG! Gulp! BANG! Gulp!)

  30. Cwj - Mar 28, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    Ehay- Well, you are in mid-season form!I've had many NI concussions, and have yet to recover :-)Oh and I agree, the best 25 go north! *apple juice shot*

  31. Sunderland - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:00 PM

    ehay – Musn't one Gulp before one Bangs?(and you can have the drink cwj offered me, you earned it)

  32. natsfan1a - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    That could explain the lapses in memory. :-)Sunderland said… ehay – Musn't one Gulp before one Bangs?

  33. Section 3, My Sofa - Mar 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM

    Ghostwritten vent by foe.Does that count?

  34. Mark'd - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    Love Mark's updates. Sounds like a full roster on April 10

  35. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Span has his health issues, no doubt, but he's just a much more valuable guy than Storen.WRONG genius. Look at his age and his injuries. I'm not sure why the fixation on lead off when NO ONE BUT Morse and Zimmerman have proven they can hit consistently for this team at this point? So? And LaRoche wonders why he is being platooned? I can see Storen packaged for Votto (if the Reds fail to sign him), Berkman … they NEED hitters not fly swatting slap hitters. They need Upton waaaaay before they need Bourn or Span and that's what the stat's say. Getting a Span or Bourn would HAVE LITTLE to no effect.Now; Werth, Ramos, and Espinosa? Throw in Rendon and Harper? Now you're talkin' …

  36. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:12 PM

    Now; Werth, Ramos, and Espinosa? Throw in Rendon and Harper? Now you're talkin' … If they live up to their potential as hitters of course …

  37. The Dude Abides - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Thr Orioles have message boards?????Who'd of thunk it!

  38. A DC Wonk - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    As to differences between the O's opening day and the Nats opening day — here's another one: the O's opening day is actually their first game of the season, which always generates more excitement than, say, a home opener which is actually the team's 7th game of the season.

  39. Anonymous - Mar 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    The biggest difference between the Nats and the Orioles Opening Day is that the Orioles will be opening another losing hopeless season and the Nats have the possibility of contending, and being very exciting in doing so. So if Opening Day attendance is your judge of success, put on your cartoon bird hat and spend your time at the "Yard" figuring the percentage of fans in attendance rooting for the other team.

  40. The Voice of Bitter Experience - Mar 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Do. Not. Feed. The. Trolls.You will regret it. This place will look like the WaPo site, which once was grand.

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