SAN DIEGO -- The Nationals have noticed that center fielder Nyjer Morgan is having problems going back on balls.
In the fourth inning on Saturday against the Padres, for example, Nick Hundley led off and hit a fly ball to center field. Morgan jumped unnecessarily, thinking he was close to the wall. He wasn't. But the ball went over his glove for a triple. Hundley scored on a groundout by Chris Denorfia.
Bench and outfield coach John McLaren said the game plan is for Morgan to now to play deeper in the outfield.
"I was telling [manager] Jim [Riggleman] that I thought we try playing him deeper because he comes in on the ball better than going back," McLaren said. "I don't know if it's a confidence thing or whatever. He is such an energetic, full-of-life type of guy.
"I just think we need to help him find the swagger -- get him where he feels good about himself. He hasn't been bad out there. Last year, people said he was really, really good. He could be taking his at-bats with him out there."