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Nyjer Morgan will return from his suspension tomorrow

After serving the final day of his eight-game suspension tonight, Nyjer Morgan will return tomorrow to his customary spot at or near the top of the Nationals lineup. With an eventful stretch and the time off behind him, Morgan has a chance to finish a trying season with a strong final eight games.

"I'm happy everything is over with," Morgan said. "Now I can just keep going and look at the positives and keep trying to build. Just try to finish strong, just try to get some momentum going into next year."

Morgan watched eight games from high above the field. He said he hadn't watched a baseball game in person from away the field since 1998 and, "it was definitely weird not playing," Morgan said. But the time away also gave Morgan a new perspective. Watching taught him to exercise more patience.

"Try to slow it down," Morgan said. "Don't try to do too much. Just let it come to you."

The main lesson he learned from his disciple, Morgan said, was "Be smart about certain situations. Don't let my emotions get the best of me. That's it."

Tonight before the game, Morgan will meet a handful of wounded veterans from Walter Reed military hospital in the Diamond Club. After he overheard a team official asking a teammate if he had time, Morgan often his own time for the meeting.

Morgan will be in center field Saturday, but he may or may not be leadoff. Manager Jim Riggleman has liked Danny Espinosa at the top of the lineup, and so Morgan may bat second rather than first, he said.

That would also allow Riggleman to move Ian Desmond to sixth or seventh if Ryan Zimmerman returns. Riggleman would not mind seeing Desmond further down in the order, in a position to drive in more runs.

By Adam Kilgore  | September 24, 2010; 6:18 PM ET
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"Just try to finish strong, just try to get some momentum going into next year."

Hey, what happened to "June's gonna boom"?

What a joke this guy is. Here's hoping that "next year" is far from DC...

Posted by: CoverageisLacking | September 24, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

A combo of Espinosa & Morgan at the top of the lineup offers a great deal of speed, but not much in terms of OBP (Morgan .318, Espinosa .273). I'd rather see Desmond in the #2slot, and tuck Espinosa in at #7, behind Morse & Bernadina.

Posted by: BinM | September 24, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Leave Flushy McPunknuggets on the bench and get rid of the piece of trash in the offseason.

Posted by: TheJoeGreene | September 24, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, Desmond has blossomed batting second so let's move him to sixth or seventh? To accommodate the self-indulgent Morgan?

Idiot!!!!!!!! Jim Riggleman is an idiot!!!!!!

Posted by: swanni | September 24, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

And if Rizzo really thinks Riggs is a good manager, he's an idiot too!

Posted by: swanni | September 24, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

June did 'boom', only it blew up in the Nationals' faces - 6-6 at home, but 2-13 on the road, IIRC.

Posted by: BinM | September 24, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Additionally, dropping Espinosa in the order would keep his Plate Appearances down, and possibly extend his 'Rookie' status to next year.

Posted by: BinM | September 24, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

This is another reason why Riggleman has to be replaced, he is stupid.
We have not missed Nyjer Morgan in the least and now all of a sudden after all the good things that has been happening not only is Riggleman putting Nyjer in the lineup but letting him bat second.

I just don't get it with Riggleman, nobody wants bonehead back let allow letting him bat 1st

Posted by: Golfersal | September 24, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

What about Willie Parker? Willie is the Man!

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | September 25, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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