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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Michael Morse shut down for six weeks after re-aggravating lat strain

The Nationals will place cleanup hitter Michael Morse on “total shutdown mode” for six weeks, General Manager Mike Rizzo said, leaving an offense in need of punch without its best slugger for perhaps the entire first half of the season.

Morse re-aggravated the right lat muscle he first strained March 6 on Monday night during a rehab appearance with Class A Hagerstown. The Nationals had expected Morse to make his season debut today in their home opener. Instead, they are left to wait on a hitter who crunched 31 home runs and hit .303 last year before a two-year, $10 million contract extension.

“We tried to ramp him up, get him ready as quickly as we could, because he’s a big piece of our lineup,” Rizzo said. “He just re-aggravated it. So now we’re going to have to be ultra cautious to make sure that he’s right for the majority of the season.”

The Nationals have “no viable surgical option” for Morse, Rizzo said, and so Morse will only rest. The Nationals have not placed a timetable on how quickly Morse could prepare for the season following his six weeks on the sidelines. It seems a conservative estimate that Morse will miss the season’s first 50 games.

Thanks to Butch.

Repoz Posted: April 12, 2012 at 01:00 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JJ1986 Posted: April 12, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4104976)
Sounds like Harper Time to me.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 12, 2012 at 01:05 PM (#4104977)
You know what helps you recover from injuries faster? Steroids!
   3. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 12, 2012 at 01:06 PM (#4104978)
Isn't Rendon also injured?
   4. Yeaarrgghhhh Posted: April 12, 2012 at 01:08 PM (#4104979)
I should submit a story about this, but I'm lazy so I'll just mention it here: Dylan Bundy now has 12 Ks and no baserunners through 6 innings in low A. Pretty impressive.
   5. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: April 12, 2012 at 01:17 PM (#4104986)
I read "lat" as "fat" and was really excited for a moment.
   6. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: April 12, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4104989)
You can't strain fat! Well, not unless you refrigerate your soup first.
   7. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: April 12, 2012 at 01:50 PM (#4105017)
You can't strain fat!


My stomach would like to have a word with you.
   8. Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio Posted: April 12, 2012 at 01:55 PM (#4105026)
Good grief, when did major league ballplayers become so f***ing fragile? This is absolutely ridiculous.
   9. Lassus Posted: April 12, 2012 at 02:05 PM (#4105037)
I was in the RF bleachers one day when Morse was playing there. I know a lot of major leaguers are obviously big, but that dude is as big as three or four dudes.
   10. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: April 12, 2012 at 02:21 PM (#4105052)
Good grief, when did major league ballplayers become so f***ing fragile?


Around 2003 or thereabout.
   11. McCoy Posted: April 12, 2012 at 02:57 PM (#4105092)
I know a lot of major leaguers are obviously big, but that dude is as big as three or four dudes.

And just think he got busted doing steroids as a SS in the minors almost a decade ago.
   12. thetailor Posted: April 12, 2012 at 04:37 PM (#4105198)
Who would have thought twelve months ago that they would EVER hear these words with regard to Mike Morse:

cleanup hitter Michael Morse

or

[Morse is] a big piece of our lineup

or

[team's] best slugger

   13. Lassus Posted: April 12, 2012 at 04:54 PM (#4105214)
To be clear, seeing Morse up close made me think less "steroids" than "oak tree".
   14. zonk Posted: April 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM (#4105232)
Lithe and healthy Alfonso Soriano can be had for a song...
   15. Sweatpants Posted: April 12, 2012 at 05:28 PM (#4105240)
To be clear, seeing Morse up close made me think less "steroids" than "oak tree".
Morse, what's that dance you're doin'?
   16. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: April 12, 2012 at 05:32 PM (#4105242)
Brilliant, Sweatpants.
   17. JE (Jason Epstein) Posted: April 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM (#4105262)
Morse may have been a clean-up hitter last year but he sure didn't act like one. His principal walk-up song was A-Ha's "Take on Me."

By the way, what a game today. Zimmerman made a fantastic diving catch on a hard-hit ball from Ludwick but flubbed three others, including the one that allowed the Reds to tie the game in the top of the ninth. Oh, and Gio looked fantastic.

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