PHILADELPHIA - Rick Ankiel is still out of the Nationals' lineup with a sore right wrist he jammed on a couple of diving catches on Monday against the Giants, Manager Jim Riggleman said Ankiel will sit out "at least one more, if not two more days," but said X-rays on Ankiel's wrist came back negative.
"He's just really not feeling good swinging yet," Riggleman said. "We're certainly anxious to get him back in there. He wants to get in there, and we'll get him in there as soon as we can."
Michael Morse, who sat out last night's game with right knee soreness, is out of the lineup again, as well. He told Riggleman before yesterday's game he tweaked something with his knee, though he said after the game he could have played. Riggleman took him out for precautionary reasons, and left him out for a second straight game to be safe.
"Most of the time, if you have a situation where a guy tells you he's got something barking there, you usually give him a couple days," Riggleman said. "That's what we're doing."
Neither of the injuries are serious enough that the Nationals are thinking about putting one of the players on the disabled list, Riggleman said. Jerry Hairston Jr., who fouled a pitch off his foot last night, is in center field tonight, and Laynce Nix will be in left. The Nationals will have a short bench, but they'll have to get by for a day or two.