Morse won't play until he can take full BP

Morse won't play until he can take full BP

ATLANTA -- Michael Morse has been forced to become a spectator for this weekend's series against the Braves, and there's no guarantee he'll be back in the lineup when the Nationals return home Tuesday to play the Dodgers.

Still dealing with pain in his injured left wrist, Morse didn't take batting practice with the team Sunday, although he hoped that a few more days of rest will have him ready to play by Tuesday. Manager Davey Johnson, meanwhile, said Morse won't play unless he's gone through a full batting practice session.

"I'm not counting on anything," Johnson said. "I'm not taking anything for granted. Hope everything gets better. He hasn't been able to take BP, he's not taking it today, so it's bothered him enough."

Johnson said Morse could start Tuesday night if he takes batting practice before the game, but even that "depends on who's pitching." Johnson would prefer that Morse return against a pitcher less inclined to pound the inside of the zone with fastballs.

Johnson has said the past several days that Morse's injury is now more an issue of pain tolerance than anything else, and he noted Sunday that he's willing to be more aggressive with putting Morse in the lineup at this point of the season as long as the doctors say Morse can't further injure himself by playing.