The Washington Times - August 24, 2012, 07:51PM

PHILADELPHIA — Nationals outfielder Michael Morse left Friday night’s game against the Phillies after taking a pitch from Kyle Kendrick off his right hand in his first at-bat of the night. 

Update: The Nationals announced that Morse left tonight’s game with a contusion on his right hand. The team expected to have more information and X-ray results after the game. 

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Morse was hit with an 84-mph changeup from Kendrick. He began to swing at the pitch and the ball caught the outside of his right hand as he offered. Morse immediately went down to the ground to the left of the batters box and was attended to by the Nationals’ trainers. 

Morse’s right hand was shaking as the trainers took off his batting glove and, after a brief conversation, the slugger was removed from the game and appeared to be extremely unhappy, slamming his helmet into the bat rack in the dugout as he made his way into the Nationals’ clubhouse.

The Nationals had finally gotten most of their projected lineup together when Ian Desmond returned from the disabled list a week ago and losing Morse for any extended period this late in the season would be a huge blow. The Nationals are 47-25 in games that Morse has played in after returning in June from a torn right lat injury that cost him the season’s first two months.

More information as it’s available on Morse and the status of his injury.