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Michael Morse Injury: No Surgery Required For Nationals' Slugger

There's good news and bad news for Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Morse. The good news is that he will not require surgery for the shoulder injury. He has a strained lat that will keep him out of action for the next six weeks, the bad news.

Morse visited with renowned Dr. James Andrews recently who told the 30-year old slugger that all he needs is rest, plenty of rest, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post. Kilgore also relayed a moment of panic from Morse, who thought for a moment that he would definitely require surgery and spend up to a year watching his teammates from the dugout.

Washington was counting on Morse to play a leading role in surprise season after he broke out with 31 home runs in 2011.

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