Rizzo optimistic about Morse’s status, doesn’t expect major moves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo confirmed Michael Morse had a PRP injection in an attempt to stimulate healing in the left fielder’s strained lat, but said he doesn’t expect Morse’s injury to cause him to miss an extended portion of the regular season.

In fact, Rizzo says Morse might even be able to suit up when the Nats open the season against the Cubs on April 5.

“I feel good about him opening day, and if not opening day, soon thereafter,” Rizzo said. “That’s the way he looks to me.”

Rizzo said that Morse ran the steps at the Nats’ Space Coast Stadium complex today and has been able to take part in physical activities lately after being shut down completely for a week. The Nats have said their cleanup hitter doesn’t have any pain and his range of motion is good.

Morse himself said earlier today he feels “great.”

With Morse and first baseman Adam LaRoche apparently making progress (slow progress is still progress) in rehabilitation from their respective injuries, the Nats are not looking to add any players via trade or free agency, Rizzo said.

The last week or two of spring training can be filled with transactions as teams sift through players that have been cut by other teams and look to fill various holes on their roster. But Rizzo doesn’t anticipate the Nats being active when it comes to bringing in any new parts.

“We’re not looking for pieces,” Rizzo said. “We’re pretty comfortable with the team that we have right now. When healthy, we feel really good about where we’re at. As of today, our health status, I feel good about it. Knock on wood, there hasn’t been any catastrophic injury that’s going to carry into the month of April and through the season. And a lot of teams can’t say that, so we feel good about that.”

Rizzo said recently that the Nationals have entertained some calls for left-handed pitcher John Lannan, and have been linked to a few teams as a possible trade partner. But the Nats’ GM said today that he still is not actively shopping anyone on his team’s roster.

“We’re not going out there looking for people to call,” Rizzo said. “Like I said, we like the team that we have right now, and if something comes up that we can improve ourselves, we’ll certainly investigate it, but we’re not selling anybody, shopping anybody or making a lot of phone calls because we’re comfortable where we’re at.”

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