|The news for Morse could have been far worse. (Getty Images)|
Nationals outfielder Michael Morse has been hampered with a left wrist injury for about a month, and Wednesday he had an MRI, X-ray and examination of the wrist. The results shows that he has a torn sheath and a bone bruise, injuries that will be painful but not require a lengthy absence, the Nationals told reporters Wednesday (CSNWashington.com).
If completely torn, the sheath would require surgery to repair it, but as things stand now, the tear isn't believed to be complete.
Either way, Morse's wrist won't get better until he's able to rest it for a prolonged period. He will likely return to the lineup Friday, according to Nationals beat reporters, so it appears Morse will be playing through the pain until the offseason.
Morse has been in pain for a while but didn't let manager Davey Johnson know the extent of his pain until Tuesday night.
"He's been trying to play through it, but I was going to give him off anyway because I thought he had to be hurting the way he's been swinging," Johnson said (CSNwashington.com). "Glad to find out about it. Wish he'd have said something. Maybe we could've given him some time off and then he wouldn't have had to struggle through this little batting slump."
Morse, 30, is hitting .285/.315/.444 with 13 homers and 49 RBI in 88 games this season. He's battled various injuries throughout the season.