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Michael Morse gets platelet-rich plasma treatment, unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

Mar 22, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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Michael Morse‘s odds of being recovered from a lat injury by Opening Day are “dwindling” after the Nationals left fielder received platelet-rich plasma treatment, according to Mark Zuckerman of

Here’s a little more about the platelet-rich plasma treatment from Zuckerman:

A relatively new procedure also referred to as “blood spinning,” in which blood plasma is removed from the body, injected with extra platelets to help the body heal faster and then re-injected into the patient. Yankees star Alex Rodriguez underwent the procedure last winter in Europe, and Orioles pitcher Zach Britton recently had it as well.

Not surprisingly the same people who raise a ruckus about steroids and performance-enhancing drugs took an interest in the relatively new treatment, but Zuckerman notes that last year the World Anti-Doping Agency removed it from its banned list.

Morse has played just three games this spring and manager Davey Johnson admitted that Morse is “more of a candidate to not open the season.” Mark DeRosa is a potential replacement in left field and the Nationals have also recently been using infield prospect Steve Lombardozzi in the outfield for the first time.

  1. southcapitolstreet - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Uh-oh. This reminds me of the time Jason Street went down to Mexico for that dubious shark stem cell therapy.

  2. spol85 - Mar 22, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Why would A-Rod travel all the way to Europe to get the procedure done when its readily available here in the US? I think there may be a little more to his treatment then he is letting on.

  3. dcfan4life - Mar 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    So much for having the Nats entire lineup injury free. Last year it was Laroche and Zimmerman, now it begins with Morse. Please dont have this injury linger…

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