Washington Nationals’ Michael Morse to miss six weeks after experiencing a setback

The Washington Nationals’ Michael Morse will be out for the next six weeks.

The outfielder aggravated a strained muscle on his back Monday while he was playing for Class A Hagerstown.

Morse was first diagnosed with a strain on March 6. It was believed that he was healed, but he experienced a set-back when he had difficulty throwing the ball.

This will leave the Nationals without a cleanup hitter. With no options for surgery, Morse will have to stay away from baseball activity for six weeks and then be re-evaluated.

“That was not positive news,” managger Mike Rizzo said. “We tried to ramp him up, get him ready as quickly as we could because he’s a big piece of our lineup, and he just re-aggravated it. We’re going to have to be ultra-cautious and make sure he’s right for the majority of the season.”

It is possible that Xazier Nady or  Mark DeRosa will step in for Morse. There is also the option to bring up Bryce Harper, who is at Triple-A Syracuse.

“If there is a viable option to get another guy that fits what we are trying to do this year and beyond, for the long term, we are always open for that,” Rizzo said. “But we like the option that we have here. We have a guy in Syracuse that is an option for us. We feel good where we are at.”

Last season, Morse batted .303 with 31 home runs and 95 RBIs.  On his seven-year career, he is batting .296 with 52 home runs.

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