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Morse, Lidge targeting early-June return

May 23, 2012, 10:22 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA — Michael Morse is already rehabbing at the Nationals' extended spring training complex in Viera, Fla. and is set to begin playing in games Friday. Brad Lidge will join his teammate there tomorrow as each injured player seeks to rejoin the active roster in early-June.

Morse, out since Opening Day with a torn right lat muscle, will begin playing in games in Viera on Friday, according to manager Davey Johnson. The left fielder expects to appear in three games in Florida over the weekend, then go on a rehab assignment with one of the Nationals' minor-league affiliates next week.

Johnson said Morse will come off the disabled list no later than June 8, when the Nationals open an interleague series in Boston.

"That for sure," the manager said. "There's some people thinking it might be accelerated ahead of that. But we'll wait and see. We'll wait and see how he comes out of Friday's game."

The only question all along with Morse has been his ability to throw; the injury doesn't affect his swing at all. Thus, the team will be mostRead more »

  1. JaneB - May 23, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    We are SO ready for some gorse hacking! Rehab fast. Michael!

  2. phil dunton - May 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    I suspect Lidge is washed up so he's probably not much of an upgrade over H-Rod.

  3. Eugene in Oregon - May 23, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Johnson on Morse: "He's been hitting on the sly, probably throughout this whole thing."=====================So he's been sneaking around from commercial batting cage to commercial batting cage throughout the DC area? Or using the Nats' cages while wearing a disguise?

  4. Gonat - May 23, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Lidge most likely takes Perry's place. Its when Mattheus is ready to come back that this bullpen gets interesting and then early July when Storen comes back.Currently:Gorzo LWang RHRod RPerry RBurnett LStammen RClippard RWhen Mattheus comes back:Gorzo LWang/Detwiler R\LHRod RMattheus RBurnett LStammen RClippard RWho leaves when Storen is ready to return?My guess is Mattheus who has options.

  5. Gonat - May 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    On Morse, we still know nothing about him really throwing a baseball. I read he was doing soft toss. When does he start stretching that out to 100 to 150 feet?

  6. UnkyD - May 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    "He's been hitting on the sly…" Priceless!There are so many smiles, in reading about this team, every day….

  7. SFNats - May 23, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Yes, please!

  8. Section 222 - May 24, 2012 at 12:29 AM

    Gonat — What about Wang?

  9. peric - May 24, 2012 at 1:12 AM

    Who leaves when Storen is ready to return?My guess is Mattheus who has options.At that point Wang, Jackson are both tradable. Plus Detwiler is also a possibility I suppose. But they aren't going to make a deal for a close to the end of the line veteran … not unless they get really desperate due to injuries. Expect a trade to occur. Most especially because draft picks will be signed quicker and placed into the system during this season. What they can't acquire in the draft, the might be able to acquire through a propitious trade. Remember, its all about winning and player development. One cannot exclude the other.

  10. Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa - May 24, 2012 at 3:14 AM

    On Morse, we still know nothing about him really throwing a baseball. I read he was doing soft toss. When does he start stretching that out to 100 to 150 feet?Wait, was he tossing softly, or hitting soft toss?

  11. Oldguy - May 24, 2012 at 3:20 AM

    If Morse comes back for the Boston series he can DH for 6 games (there and Toronto.)

  12. m20832 - May 24, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Come back soon Beast Mode!

  13. Adam - May 24, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    If in a pitch I think they send Mattheus down because of the options. I wouldn't expect a trade unless they get a very nice offer. The sad fact is that most likely they'll be some other injury amongst at least one of these pitchers before July when Storen returns. And for my money, I wouldn't be shocked if H-Rod comes down with "shoulder fatigue" or something of that ilk to give him a month or so to re-center himself and make a run through the minors.

  14. Doc - May 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    I'm trying to picture Morse, 'on the sly' in disguise. Mrs. Doubtfire, Tootsie, Frenchie LaMorse, Pirate Captain Morganish, President Teddy….???

  15. Kevin - May 26, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Mike Morse is a Moose. I hope he starts hitting balls to Baltimore. Nats need his crushing power.





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