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Morse could return Friday

May 30, 2012, 10:04 PM EDT

MIAMI — Having successfully made it through his first rehab game at Class A Potomac, Michael Morse could be on target to return to the Nationals lineup as soon as Friday.

Manager Davey Johnson said Morse (out since early March with a torn lat muscle) has been making throws from the outfield during pregame drills and will likely start in the outfield for Potomac tomorrow night after serving as designated hitter again tonight.

Morse made two plate appearances during last night's rain-shortened game in Woodbridge, walking once and striking out once.

"The timing's a little off, but other than that he feels fit and ready to go," Johnson said. "So his timetable will probably be [sped] up. We'll see how he does today and tomorrow, but he could be back in D.C.Read more ยป

  1. MicheleS - May 30, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    Hurry back BEAST!!! Stay Healthy!!!

  2. Doc - May 30, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    If his bat is working from the get-go, he'll make all the other bats better–including RZim's.Hard to believe that The Face has only 2 HRs at this stage!!!!

  3. SonnyG10 - May 30, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Now that's a great idea…putting Morse in RF and keeping Lombo in left

  4. Gonat - May 30, 2012 at 10:44 PM

    SonnyG10 said… Now that's a great idea…putting Morse in RF and keeping Lombo in left May 30, 2012 6:27 PM ___________________________Why not Lombo at 2nd and put Morse in LF, Brown in CF and Harp in RF

  5. Brother Juniper - May 30, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Won't LF be less taxing on the arm of the Beast until he gets up to strength?

  6. UnkyD - May 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM

    Right there with you, Gonat…

  7. JaneB - May 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    I thought left field was less taxing, too. We want him to throw but mainly we want him to do that cobra coiled thing and then smack the ball around. And I can't wait to see his smiling face as he whacks his helmet back down when he runs the bases. Hurry home, Michael!

  8. rabbit34 - May 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Nats vs Miami..Nats have runners on 2nd and third one out. Clean-up and fifth batter strike out. These guys aren't worth watching any more.

  9. rabbit34 - May 30, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Oops….1st and second. That's how frustrated it gets me.

  10. peric - May 30, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Maybe Davey, you should consider doing that with Corey Brown since he was actually on a better tear than Morse was two years ago in Syracuse and before that PCL?WTF Davey!?

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