Progressing towards his eventual return to the Washington lineup, Michael Morse appears set to see live game action starting on Friday. The left fielder will play in three games over the weekend in extended Spring Training before joining one of the organization’s minor league affiliates for a rehab assignment. Should all go as planned, Morse is expected to rejoin the Nationals roster no later than the start of their interleague series at Boston, beginning June 8.
Morse has missed the entire season thus far due to a torn right lat muscle suffered during Spring Training. He reportedly has been able to swing a bat without much trouble or discomfort, but throwing has been a different story. With his inability to play the field defensively the organization has been forced to simply wait out the injury.
The 30 year old had a career season in 2011 in nearly every offensive category. He batting .303/.360/.550 with 31 HR and 95 RBI in 575 plate appearances and anchored the middle of the Washington lineup. The Nationals have managed to get to and stay in first place despite an overall disappointing offense. Morse’s return could provide a boost that the lineup is sorely in need of as they try to maintain their lead as the summer months arrive.