PHILADELPHIA -- Though he's back in the Nationals lineup for tonight's series opener at Citizens Bank Park, Nationals left fielder Michael Morse continues to be plagued by a lingering hand injury, one that required a shot to reduce inflammation.
Morse received the shot Monday in Washington; he didn't start that afternoon against the Brewers, though he insisted he felt well enough to play.
"They gave him a full dose of everything to try to get him well," manager Davey Johnson said, adding: "It was for inflammation but sometimes they give you one that gets in your system and goes all over."
Asked for his level of confidence in Morse's hand, Johnson didn't sound optimistic.
"I'm not real confident in it," the manager said. "But the doctors tell me he can't really hurt it worse and he wants to play and I want him in there, so we'll see how it goes."
Barring any significant setback, Morse figures to remain in the Nationals' lineup every night until they clinch the NL East. That applies to the rest of the lineup as well, not to mention the Nationals' top relievers, who could be used as many consecutive nights as necessary.
"We win five games, and then I'll rest some guys," Johnson said.