Sunday, August 26, 2012
Morse, Desmond aiming for Tuesday
PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Morse and Ian Desmond each are out of the Nationals' lineup for the third straight day, but each remains hopeful of returning to play Tuesday in Miami.
Morse, who suffered a bruised right hand Friday night when he was hit by a pitch, attempted to play catch this morning at Citizens Bank Park but still was in some pain. One of his biggest concerns was an inability to snap his wrist as he let go of the ball, which led to some awkward-looking throws with head trainer Lee Kuntz.
"I was trying," he said. "But it doesn't work if you don't snap."
Morse has yet to try to swing a bat, but he hopes the pain continues to subside over the next 48 hours and he still believes he can return Tuesday when the Nationals open a two-game series against the Marlins.
"Yeah, definitely," he said.
Desmond, meanwhile, hasn't done anything to test his mild hamstring strain, not wanting to risk any further injury before it's healed. The All-Star shortstop hopes to do some conditioning drills tomorrow and be cleared to play Tuesday night.