Washington Nationals' Michael Morse Back In Lineup vs Phillies.

Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Davey Johnson needs Michael Morse healthy and in the middle of the lineup.

Asked after last night's win over Milwaukee if there was any one player that he wanted to get straightened out or healthy as the postseason approached, Washington Nationals' skipper Davey Johnson pointed to 30-year-old outfielder Michael Morse, who's dealt with a series of injuries this season. Morse missed significant time with a lat strain that delayed the start of his season until June 2nd, and has been in and out of the lineup recently with hand/wrist issues that were diagnosed as a tear of the sheath and a bone bruise in his left wrist. Morse sat out of the lineup in the series finale with the Brewers after going 7 for 21 (.333/.417/.476) in the first six games of Washington's just-completed seven-game homestand. Morse hit into three GiDPs and had just one extra base hit, however, and the Nats' manager said it's important that Morse bring the thunder back to the middle of the Nats' lineup (that did manage to collect 12 runs in Monday's win without the big slugger in).

"I'd like Morse to get healthy," Johnson said, "I mean, he was a big guy in the lineup last year and hasn't really been fully healthy all year." Before Monday's game, Johnson had told reporters that Morse would likely receive a shot in his wrist to help with the issue. Then after the game he said Morse was, "... pestering me all day today wanting to go in and play first. He wanted to play third. I said, 'We don't want to hurt your hands.' So he'll be all right."

When the Nationals released tonight's lineup, Morse was penciled in batting fifth and playing left field. According to reports from Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, the outfielder did have a shot to help him deal with the wrist problems:

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