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Michael Morse aggravates lat muscle tear, will be in “total shutdown mode” for six weeks

Apr 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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Michael Morse was on the verge of coming off the disabled list when he experienced pain while throwing on his minor-league rehab assignment and the news on the Nationals left fielder isn’t good.

General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that Morse aggravated his torn lat muscle and will be in “total shutdown mode” for at least six weeks, adding that surgery is not an option to repair the injury.

That would still leave some time for Morse to potentially return before the All-Star break, but given his previous setback seeing him in the Nationals’ lineup before the second half seems unlikely. Morse is a huge loss, as he emerged as one of the league’s top hitters during the past two seasons while batting .298 with 31 homers and an .896 OPS in 163 games.

Calling up Bryce Harper from Triple-A to replace Morse isn’t a consideration according to Rizzo, so instead the Nationals will turn to some combination of Mark DeRosa, Xavier Nady, and Roger Bernadina in bigger roles.

  1. ezthinking - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Harper has 6 k’s in 23 ab’s in the minors. Maybe if he realizes he has massive power and doesn’t need to swing for the fences at all times.

    • nolanwiffle - Apr 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      I believe that’s exactly why the 19 year old Harper is in the minors presently…….to learn (and realize).

  2. jfwiii - Apr 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Derek Bell approves this course of action.

  3. Joe - Apr 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Michael Morse has been suspended twice for PED use. Where are the “that’s what you get when you get off the juice” comments?

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