Nationals enjoying stretch of good health

Nationals enjoying stretch of good health

ST. LOUIS -- Davey Johnson hasn't seen a whole lot of the Nationals' training staff lately, and he couldn't be happier about it.

"I'd say we are [the healthiest they've been]," Johnson said. "I haven't even seen our trainer [Lee Kuntz], he hasn't come around. Although he also knows -- I also told him, 'I don't want to know, so don't come and talk to me.'"

With four games remaining in the regular season, Washington appears to be in good health. Michael Morse has hit three homers in the last three games, easing any lingering concerns that his power had been completely sapped by wrist and hand injuries. The pitching staff is in good shape, and the other Nationals position players who have sustained injuries throughout the season seem to be playing without pain, an encouraging sign as the postseason approaches, particularly on the offensive side.

"It looks like Mikey Mo's healthy again, so with him being healthy and hitting fifth and then obviously [shortstop Ian Desmond] has been unbelievable," third baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. "You have those guys [Nos.] 5-6 in your lineup, that's a long lineup to face."

In addition to being injury-free, the Nationals' regulars could benefit even further from the additional rest clinching Sunday or Monday would afford them. Johnson said Sunday that he would "probably" give them all at least some rest, even though they're in good shape and wouldn't usually ask to come out of a game. Zimmerman acknowledged that having to play meaningful games so deep into the regular season could keep them sharp but admitted it would be nice for them to have a day or two off their feet.

"Thank goodness, after today it won't matter. Philadelphia's out of it, so I can't be blamed for trying to win a game to help somebody else out," Johnson joked. "We went over that, didn't we? It wasn't going to bother me, but now I'm off the hook on that one."