February 26, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals first baseman Michael Morse (38) shows off some new bats to right fielder Jayson Werth (28) and manager Davey Johnson (5) during today's spring training workouts at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
At one point during SNY's broadcast of this afternoon's 3-2 Nats' win over the New York Mets, the SNY announce team said that they'd spoken to Davey Johnson before the game, and had been told that there were positive results from a sonogram done on 30-year-old left fielder Michael Morse's strained lat.
Davey Johnson told reporters the same after today's game. Morse has been cleared to resume baseball activities, though the Nats' manager cautioned, as reported by NatsInsider.com's Mark Zuckerman that the big middle-of-the-order bat still might not make it back by Opening Day. "'I'm not going to be that optimistic,'" Johnson says in the article entitled, "Storen likely to DL, Morse lat healed", and Mr. Zuckerman notes that Johnson added that, "...the clean sonogram taken today of Morse's right shoulder, 'was the best news I had.'" Washington Post writer Adam Kilgore, in an article entitled, "Michael Morse cleared to ‘accelerate’ baseball activity, still unlikely for opening day", wrote that the, "... sonogram revealed the slight tear in Morse’s right muscle has 'flattened out and healed,' Manager Davey Johnson said."
When Nats' GM Mike Rizzo appeared on 106.7 the FAN's last radio broadcast of a Nats' Spring Training game, the general manager told Charlie Slowes and Dave Jageler that Morse, who'd been resting for 12 days at that point, "... had that lat muscle flare up on him before," and he was confident that, "... once [Morse] starts baseball activities he can ramp up relatively quickly." As both Rizzo and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman noted this week though, if Morse doesn't return to major league Spring Training games, he can be placed on the DL retroactive to March 26th and can then return by April 10th, having only missed the season's first four games.