Michael Morse, who hasn't played in a game since March 13 because of a strained right lat muscle, is hoping to start baseball activities sometime next week, according to Johnson. Morse will try to throw first, as that has given him the most problems.
Recently, Morse received an injection of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to help his ailing lat muscle. According to the team's medical director, Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, "PRP is a therapy that uses one's own blood to enhance healing of injured tissues in the body. Platelets are a type of blood cell that aid in clotting, but also contains proteins that help in the healing process.
"PRP injection is thought to help enhance the healing process by introducing high concentrations of these bioactive proteins to injured tissue. Injecting PRP involves first drawing an individual's blood, then extracting concentrated platelets by spinning the blood down in a centrifuge. Finally, the concentrated platelet solution is injected into injured tendons, muscles, ligaments or joints to try to speed up the natural healing process."
General manager Mike Rizzo said that he saw Morse at Space Coast Stadium on Friday and believes he could be ready by Opening Day or soon thereafter.
"I feel good where he is at," Rizzo said. "He was bouncing around the clubhouse. He ran the stairs and did a lot of physical activities, not so much baseball activities. He didn't have any pain. His range of motion looked good. He looked good to me."
On Thursday, Johnson didn't seem optimistic that Morse would be on the Opening Day roster. On Friday, he was more optimistic.
"At least he will do something baseball oriented the first of next week," Johnson said. "Then, it's kind of almost up to him how he progresses."
Chien-Ming Wang, out with a strained left hamstring, was able to play catch Thursday at Space Coast Stadium. He didn't have any problems. On Friday, he was able to perform some agility drills.
"He was walking backwards, some light running and some throwing," Rizzo said. "The good thing about him is, it's a hamstring, and the shoulder is fine."
But it's doubtful that Wang will be on the Opening Day roster. With Wang expected to be out, John Lannan or Ross Detwiler will be the fifth starter in Washington's rotation.