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Morse, Wang moving closer to return

May 14, 2012, 10:39 PM EDT

Though they've been decimated by injuries through the season's first six weeks, the Nationals are inching closer toward getting several key players back in uniform, headlined by Michael Morse.

Morse, out since Opening Day with an injury to his right lat muscle, will begin baseball activities tomorrow, including "dry swings" without a ball. The left fielder will start playing catch and plans to head to extended spring training in Viera, Fla., next week while the Nationals are on the road to continue his rehab.

At this point, Morse is shooting for a full return on June 8, when he could serve as designated hitter for back-to-back interleague series at Boston and Toronto.

"That would give him about a month before he'd have to throw from the outfield," manager Davey Johnson said. "Hopefully that injury would be healed and he's throwing well enough in the next three weeks to hit and then being able to play."

Wang, meanwhile, made another rehab start (his fourth overall) today for Class AAA Syracuse, pitching into the ninth inning. The veteranRead more »

  1. phil dunton - May 14, 2012 at 10:48 PM

    Davey Johnson will continue to take gas with this guy as the closer because he has no idea where he is throwing the ball. He's already cost the team at least four wins. Give Stammen the closer job until Storen is back.

  2. Mr. Doggett - May 14, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    In on breath, says that he has complete confidence in his closer and then in the next breath admits that he has "enough problems." Aside from the obvious injuries what other "problems" can he be referring to. I'm not questioning Davey's decisions (in fact I think Henry needs to stay right where he is), just pointing out the irony in the way he is choosing to put out his fires.

  3. Drew - May 14, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    I wish the Nats had been decimated by injuries. That would mean we'd lost one man in 10.This has been much worse. I've never seen anything like it.

  4. NatsFanJim - May 15, 2012 at 1:17 AM

    Flores gets no respect. By starting the rookie tonight, Davey sends the message: "Jesus, don't get comfortable; my real catcher isn't you!MLB network reported the injury to Leon by saying, "The Nationals have to go back to minors to find themselves a catcher; they got to get a guy who can catch that staff." Hello? We already got a great catcher in Flores.When Wang comes back, who is he gonna send to the bullpen? ERA-wise, the choice would have to be jackson — which we know 'aint' gonna happen. With Detweiler in the top five in at least three or four areas, how can you move him to the bullpen? That would be both stupid and classless.Compare Jackson and Lannan. Not much difference.

  5. NatsFanJim - May 15, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Great — Davey pinch hits .125 nady for 2/3 Bernadina. I know he's in love with the much overrated left/right matchup — but come on. meanwhile, it's a one run ball game, and a good manager is thinking of defensive replacements — Nady for Bernadina doesnt fit that.Davey is a complete idiot.

  6. natsfan1a - May 15, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    Yeah, like when he played Tracy to get his bat going. How dumb was that? Wait… :-)

  7. hokiepokster92 - May 15, 2012 at 2:59 AM

    Natsfanjim, I'm sure glad you're not managing this ballclub with both Tracy and Nady homering tonight. Also,Flores got the night off initially because Davey wanted to rest him after yesterday's 3 hour 45 minute ballgame in Cincy and tomorrow's 1:05 pm start. He wants Flores to catch Strasburg. Get your facts straight before you start flaming Davey, Bro!

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