Morse, Storen likely to open season on DL
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.