Nyjer Morgan to be placed on disabled list
The Nationals will place centerfielder and leadoff hitter Nyjer Morgan on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right hip flexor, according to a report by MASN's Debbi Taylor during Thursday night's game broadcast.
The injury had been nagging Morgan even as he played his best baseball this season, but an MRI taken Wednesday revealed enough damage to convince the Nationals to send him to the disabled list.
As Morgan sat the past two games, regular right fielder Roger Bernadina played center and batted leadoff, opening up a starting spot for Michael Morse, a slugging reserve who has not been able to regularly crack the starting lineup otherwise.
The Nationals have not announced who they will add to the roster to replace Morgan, but it could give them an opportunity for them to receive their first look at Wilson Ramos, the highly touted catcher they received from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for closer Matt Capps. In his first five games with Class AAA Syracuse, Ramos has gone 7 for 20 with a home run, a triple and a double.
The Nationals have a pair of reserve outfielders in Justin Maxwell and Willie Harris, so they would not necessarily need to add an outfielder to replace Morgan. The Nationals could also simply add Jason Marquis, who will start Sunday, and carry six starting pitchers for a period of time.
Since Morgan has not played the past two days, his stint on the disabled will retroactively begin Aug. 3, making him eligible to return 13 days from now.
August 5, 2010; 11:38 PM ET
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