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Morse could return during next homestand

May 17, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

Though he's been targeting a June 8 return for some time, injured left fielder Michael Morse believes he could actually rejoin the Nationals sooner than that, perhaps during their next homestand.

Morse, out since spring training with a torn right lat muscle, has begun swinging a bat and playing catch for the first time since he was shut down during the first week of April after experiencing a setback while on a rehab assignment with Class A Hagerstown.

The Nationals have targeted the June 8 date as a likely return because it would allow Morse to ease his way back by serving as designated hitter for interleague series in Boston and Toronto.

Morse, though, told manager Davey Johnson this week he believes he could be ready when the Nationals open a six-game homestand on June 1 against the Braves.

"That was my day [June 8]," Johnson said. "I threw that out there trying to give the trainers and the doctors a date that I wanted himRead more ยป

  1. Sean Kelly - May 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Awesome News

  2. LoveDaNats - May 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Yay Beast!

  3. MicheleS - May 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Gorse hacking will commense shortly

  4. NatsFanChris - May 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Certainly good news, but still makes me a bit nervous. I was more comfortable with him easing in as a DH then jumping straight into starting in the outfield (especially when its just a 1-week difference)

  5. whatsanattau - May 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Holding breath.No, seriously … I'm holding my breath.Go Mikey

  6. Faraz Shaikh - May 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    that would be awesome.

  7. JaneB - May 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Wow! I'd been bracing for a setback. This is great news! That will be fun to see the cobra whatever thing he calls it uncoil at the plate again. Go Mikey! See you soon!

  8. UnkyD - May 17, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    MicheleS said…Gorse hacking will commense shortly—————… And a good thing, too!!! The gorse is so heavy I can barely find the mailbox!!!Rough stretch of schedule, coming up, but if Mikey and RZim can find their grooves by the end of June, with Druuu coming back, things are gonna heat up, around here!!!gYFNGOGOGOGOGO!!!!!

  9. Doc - May 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Good news!The Mickey Morse virtual fan club will commence meetings as of June 1st!!!!!Gooooooooooooo Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeast!!!!!Goooooooooooooooooooooooooo Naaaaaaaaaaats!!!!!!Lets fantasize many multihomer games from RZim, Oppo Boppo, ALR, Desi, Espi, The Beast, and whoever else wants to chip in!!!!!

  10. natsfan1a - May 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    I am very encouraged, while also holding my breath. Okay, what the heck. Wheeeeeeeeeeee!(Yeah, I think the kids lost a Frisbee in there, too, Unk. Maybe get out the weed whacker as well.)

  11. peric - May 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    It may take Morse a while to get going … but the sooner he gets that out of the way the better … of course one could say that about most all the Nats hitters … :) Plus it'll be nice to send Tyler Moore back to AAA so that he can play everyday.

  12. RickH - May 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM

    BEAST!!!

  13. NatsNut - May 18, 2012 at 3:00 AM

    80%? Please don't rush back! Please make really, really, super-duper, hyper sure that it's ok before starting back.

  14. natsfan1a - May 18, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Agreed, NatsNut.

  15. SFNats - May 18, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Bench this stiff and play Lombo!(Sorry, just thought I'd get ahead of the curve.)

  16. Manassas Nats' Fan - May 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    I guess the fact is 80% for an athlete is not good enough. He needs to be close to 100%. What takes these muscles so long to heal?

  17. NatFanBethesda - May 21, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Time to get in beast Mode. Lineup starts getting potent with Morse there.

  18. Colin - May 24, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Well, at the very least we'll get to hear the Ghostbusters theme as he sashays to the plate (assuming he still kept it).

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