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Morse has torn sheath, bone bruise

Sep 12, 2012, 10:23 PM EDT

NEW YORK — An examination of Michael Morse’s left wrist this morning revealed a torn sheath and bone bruise, injuries that while currently painful don’t require surgery and could possibly allow the Nationals’ left fielder to return to the lineup Friday in Atlanta.

Morse said the diagnosis actually gave him peace of mind, relieving any worries he had a break or more significant tear that would keep him out longer.

“Oh, yeah. For sure,” he said. “Just have to get it better now.”

There’s not a whole lot Morse can do to help speed along the healing process, aside from rest and some anti-inflammatory medication. The plan for now: He’s not playing in tonight’s series finale against the Mets and will be off with the rest of the club Thursday. He’ll then attempt to take batting practice Friday in Atlanta, at which point the Nationals will decide whether he’s ready to play or needs more time to recover.

“We asked for anything we can do,” Morse said. “They pretty much said the best thing is just to let it calm down.”
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  1. peric - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Another injury filled year for Mikey Mo. Seems like last year was the best relative to injuries he's had in a spell.

  2. Bill Simmons - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    What is a torn sheath?

  3. Another_Sam - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    I hope he doesn't rush it

  4. Another_Sam - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    I hope he doesn't rush it

  5. MicheleS - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Mikey Mo.. take your time and heal up.. The guys will pick it up for you.

  6. Another_Sam - Sep 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Must be an echo on my iPhone. Sorry.

  7. natsfan1a - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Yuck. Me, too, on the not rushing back.

  8. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    No need to rush.

  9. LoveDaNats - Sep 13, 2012 at 12:46 AM

    So sorry, Mike. Get better. We need you.

  10. Section 3, My Hitterish Sofa - Sep 13, 2012 at 1:16 AM

    @Bill Simmons — the nerve is covered by a sheath of myelin tissue. When that gets damaged, it hurts, and diminishes function.

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