The Washington Times - May 6, 2011, 07:33PM

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Rick Ankiel and Michael Morse were both out of the Nationals’ lineup again on Friday night but both were also sent to see the doctor here in Florida before coming to Sun Life Stadium.

For Ankiel, who rolled over his right wrist Monday night against the Giants and has been out of the lineup ever since, there wasn’t much information. 


“Rick is feeling better,” said Nationals manager Jim Riggleman. “He’s got some irritation in there that’s not totally going away and he’s not wanting to aggravate it by taking batting practice so I think it’s going to be one of those things where he’s just going to jump up and play. Once he takes batting practice, I think he’s going to play that night and hopefully that’s tomorrow night.”

Riggleman did say that it still doesn’t appear to be anything more than a sprain. X-rays taken immediately on the wrist came back negative but the team has not completely ruled out a disabled list stint for Ankiel but added that they could use him as a pinch runner while they wait for him to get back to full health. If they did, though, that would take away their ability to put him on the disabled list retroactively to this past Tuesday.

Morse, who felt some discomfort in his right knee hitting in the cage before Wednesday night’s game, said he had an MRI taken but did not know the results. He added, though, that he was feeling “a lot better.”

“I feel great,” he said. “It wasn’t something that really needed to be done, I think it was just precautionary.”

It’s an inopportune for Morse to be out of the lineup as the Ft. Lauderdale native usually has a lot of family and friends in attendance at the games against the Marlins.

He did, however, host a tee-ball team from Cooper City, Fla., on the field during batting practice. The team, which was about 15 5 and 6-year-old kids, is one that Morse helps out with during the offseason.

“I’m excited,” he said. “I don’t think they won a game the whole year but we taught them to have fun and it’s a little treat for them to come out here and watch BP.”

Having both Morse and Ankiel out of the lineup at the same time has left Riggleman a little bit hamstrung when making out the lineup. It forced Jerry Hairston Jr. to play center field and Laynce Nix to play left, which puts Alex Cora or Brian Bixler at third base with Ryan Zimmerman still out.

If the Nationals were to put Ankiel on the disabled list, the logical thing to do would be to call up Roger Bernadina but the Nationals are going to wait a little longer before making a decision like that.