WASHINGTON - JULY 27: Nyjer Morgan #1 of the Washington Nationals steals third base in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on July 27 2010 in Washington DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Nyjer Morgan Will Return On Wednesday In Atlanta

Nationals starting center fielder Nyjer Morgan was placed on the 15 day disabled list on Thursday with a right hip flexor injury. For all your Nationals news and discussion, click over to Federal Baseball.

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Nyjer Morgan Set To Return On Wednesday

According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, Nationals fan favorite Nyjer Morgan will be returning to the lineup this week, following short assignments with the club's minor league affiliates.

Nationals center fielder Nyjer Morgan, on the disabled list because of a sore right hip, will go on a rehab assignment starting Sunday with Class A Advanced Potomac. He will play five innings before going to Class A Hagerstown the next day to play seven. On Tuesday, Morgan will play nine frames for Double-A Harrisburg before rejoining the Nationals in Atlanta on Wednesday.

Morgan's return will be welcomed as the Nationals continue to struggle offensively.

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Nyjer Morgan Placed On The DL

According to numerous reports, Washington Nationals starting centerfielder Nyjer Morgan was placed on the 15 day disabled list on Thursday due to a right hip flexor injury. The hip had been bothering Morgan all season, but the pain had increased greatly in the last few days, so much so that he's been out of the starting lineup since Tuesday. 

Nationals Insider's Mark Zuckerman talked to Morgan about the injury, which he doesn't seem to consider that serious,

Asked for an update on his condition before tonight's game, Morgan suggested reporters talk to team officials first, though he insisted he felt well enough to attempt to play    

While the team will miss the speed and intensity of Nyjer, his absence will provide Michael Morse and Roger Bernadina a much needed chance to play together in the outfield on a fairly regular basis. Also, reserve outfielders Justin Maxwell and Willie Harris will get more of an opportunity to start games where there previously had been little. 

There have currently been no decisions as to whom the Nationals will call up from the minors to fill out their 25 man roster, but speculation at this point is that newly acquired catcher Wilson Ramos might be on the team's short list. 

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