Morse to supplant right-field platoon?

Morse to supplant right-field platoon?

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals are seriously thinking about starting Mike Morse in right field Wednesday night against Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels. If that's the case, the Willie Harris/Willy Taveras platoon could be over.

The organization is expected to be in meetings Wednesday afternoon and will make a decision on the right-handed-hitting Morse at that time. The team has always loved Morse's bat. Last year, Morse was 6-for-19 with team-leading eight RBIs as a pinch-hitter. During his career, he has a .324 batting average against left-handed pitching and .277 vs. right-handed pitching.

Morse entered Spring Training fighting for a job in right field, but he lost out to Harris and Taveras because they were better defensively. But the Nationals need offense after getting pounded by the Phillies, 11-1, in their home opener.

Now, there is a good chance that Taveras may not get a chance to start his first game as a member of the Nationals. Taveras, who went hitless in one at-bat Monday, signed a Minor League contract with Washington last February knowing he could start the season on the bench.

Taveras said early in Spring Training that he would accept the role as a bench player even though he has been a regular for most of his career. In Spring Training, Taveras hit .298.