Morse, Storen likely to open sea­son on DL

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

The Na­tion­als got good news on Morse and closer Drew Storen, who be­gan his throw­ing pro­gram Wed­nes­day by play­ing catch from 90 feet and came out of it with­out pain, but both are still ques­tion­able to be ready by Open­ing day next Thurs­day.

A sono­gram on Morse’s strained right lat mus­cle re­vealed that the slight tear had “flat­tened out and healed,” John­son said. The next step for the out­fielder will be hit­ting off a tee, but the re­sults Wed­nes­day al­low the Na­tion­als to ac­cel­er­ate Morse’s base­ball ac­tiv­ity.

Storen was sched­uled to throw from 120 feet Wed­nes­day and progress from there. John­son es­ti­mated the closer might be ready to re­join the team by midApril, but “I’m be­ing hopeful,” he said.

Play­ers with spring in­juries can be back­dated on the dis­abled list to March 26, so Morse and Storen, if placed there, would be el­i­gi­ble to re­turn by April 10.

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