Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse are both out of the Nationals' lineup today, nursing a pair of injuries the Nationals don't believe are serious. But manager Davey Johnson is being cautious with both players, taking two major pieces out of the Nationals' lineup to avoid losing them for a longer stretch.
Zimmerman, Johnson said, has some "tenderness" in his abdomen, and after having surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle in May, he won't be playing through any injuries in that area. Zimmerman is able to hit, but running and throwing give him some soreness. "He said he could still go," Johnson said, "but where that surgery was, anything like that, I'm not taking any chance that he might re-injure that thing. So he's over here with me (in the dugout)."
And Morse, who got drilled on the forearm with a pitch on Saturday, is out for the second straight game. Johnson said an X-ray on Morse's arm initially showed something that made the Nationals worry he had a hairline fracture in his forearm, but a MRI didn't show anything. General manager Mike Rizzo said Morse is available to play today, and he isn't worried about the first baseman going on the disabled list.