Michael Morse Injury Update: Washington Left Fielder May Return Tuesday

Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Morse, who missed much of spring training with a lat injury, may be returning to the club and lineup on Tuesday. Via Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider:

Already planning to take a day off from his rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg, Nationals left fielder Michael Morse is heading to New York today to receive treatment on his healing right lat muscle.

Manager Davey Johnson described the one-day trip to New York as strictly for treatment purposes and said the lat tear that sidelined Morse for much of March has completely healed. The club still anticipates to have its cleanup hitter back in the lineup as soon as Tuesday, the first day he's eligible to come off the disabled list.

With Morse's anticipated return next week, and Rick Ankiel's supposed return a few days later, the Nationals will soon be forced to drop some members of the roster, perhaps veterans Brett Carroll or Chad Tracy.

For more on the two teams, head over to Washington Nationals blog Federal Baseball and Chicago Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. For more from around baseball, head over to Baseball Nation. To keep track of all rumors and happenings in the game, check out MLB Daily Dish.

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