The Washington Times - March 9, 2012, 11:31AM

VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals who are not traveling to Jupiter for tonight’s 7:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins just took the field for today’s workout. Michael Morse and Adam LaRoche are among them.

LaRoche (ankle) will not play in a minor league game today, as he had for the past two days, instead taking the day off from that and participating in the regular workout with the team.


He is in the Nationals’ lineup for the team’s home game against the New York Mets on Saturday, hitting cleanup and playing first base and didn’t anticipate there being any issues with that arrangement — but had yet to go through today’s workout.

Morse also did not plan to play in a minor league game on Friday, though Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Thursday he might send the outfielder over there in the next few days to get a some at-bats while not having to worry about throwing or aggravating the lat strain he felt earlier this week. 

“I feel a lot better today,” Morse said. “It’s not as tight anymore.”

Morse intended to go through the full workout on Friday. Morse spent the early part of the workout doing outfield work with third base coach Bo Porter. He was making just short tosses to a coach in the outfield who would then throw them in to Porter. He did not, ultimately, work on throwing, which is when the pain would bother him most.

“They said it’s not even worth it,” Morse said. “One more day of just letting it rest.”

Morse will begin a throwing program on Saturday, “light tossing and stuff,” he said, and “hopefully this weekend I can get some at-bats on the minor league side.”

Even with another day without throwing, Morse appears to be progressing without much issue at this point as well. When he was first pulled from the lineup Tuesday he described the pain as a “knot” under his right shoulder blade. That had clearly lessened by Friday.

“It feels good,” he said, pushing his arms back to stretch it out. “Now it just feels kind of like when you wake up and your back’s a little tight.”