Morse returns despite nagging left wrist issues

Morse returns despite nagging left wrist issues

PHILADELPHIA -- The issues with Michael Morse's left wrist have been touch-and-go for a few weeks now, and it seems that will remain the case for the rest of the year.

Morse was back in the Nationals' lineup for Tuesday's series opener against the Phillies after taking the day off Monday to rest the nagging injury, but manager Davey Johnson admitted he's not real confident in state of the outfielder's ailment.

"But the doctors determined he can't really hurt it worse," Johnson said. "He wants to play, and I want him in there. We'll see how it goes."

Johnson said Morse received an anti-inflammatory shot -- "a full dose of everything," Johnson said -- although the outfielder told Johnson he was even expecting to play Monday against the Brewers. The Nationals fared just fine without the slugger in the 12-2 romp.

But without Morse in the heart of the order -- he's hitting .288 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in an injury-shortened season -- the Nationals' lineup can be drastically different due to the domino effect.

"He was our cleanup hitter last year, and he's had a great year," Johnson said. "We need him warming up and doing the things he's capable of doing. Everything in the offense is clicking when he's right in the heart of the middle of the order."