For Mike Morse, his return is better late than never
Mike Morse had already waited nine years to become a regular part of a major league team for an entire season, and so one more month wasn't a problem. Morse made the Nationals out of spring training, only to play in four games before straining his calf. He has spent the last month and a half rehabbing, finally rejoining the Nationals today.
"I'm just happy to be here, playing winning baseball," Morse said. "It's amazing. You know, watching everybody on TV, it kind of makes want to be there. I'm just happy to be there."
Morse hit .265 with three home runs in 14 games with Class AAA Syracuse. His teammates joked he would become the first player on a rehab assignment to make the International League All-Star team.
Morse feels like he recaptured the same playing form he would have had if he hadn't been injured. He wished he had never been injured, of course. "It sucks," he said. "It does. But things happen, and sometimes things happen for a reason. The only thing you can do is fall off the horse, get back on it."
With the Nationals, Morse will be mostly a bench player, perhaps starting against left-handers in right field. But he knows he at least has a chance to stick with a major league team. "It's awesome," he said.
May 16, 2010; 2:18 PM ET
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