WASHINGTON -- Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan said he left his cell phone and TV off after he went home Saturday night. He knew he would be bombarded with phone calls and news reports about his blunder in the outfield against the Orioles.
In the fourth inning with the score tied at 2 and Matt Wieters on first base, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones drove an 0-1 pitch to deep center field. Morgan jumped as the ball hit the wall, but in not making the catch, Morgan thought the ball was gone and threw his glove to the ground out of frustration.
Left fielder Josh Willingham ran over and retrieved the ball, but by the time it reached the plate, both Wieters and Jones scored to give Baltimore a 4-2 lead, and Jones was awarded an inside-the-park home run.
"I'm not going to look at the replay," Morgan said. "I feel fine. I'm still going to go out there [and be aggressive]. It was one play. One play can't dictate my career. I'm not happy I made the play, but you have to move on. You can't dwell on it. Being booed, that's whatever. It's not good, but oh well."
Manager Jim Riggleman said he thought about sitting Morgan on Sunday against the Orioles, but he changed his mind. The skipper reiterated that Morgan made an aggressive mistake. Entering Sunday's action, Morgan was hitting .259 with eight RBIs.
"I have to do what's best for the ballclub," Riggleman said. "I have to keep in mind that Nyjer has been struggling. I don't want to knock him when he is down. He is a vital part of this ballclub. He plays hard. That's what I ask -- play hard, give me a good effort, and he always does that. He made a mistake. He misread where the ball was. It was a hustling mistake."