The Washington Times - May 16, 2012, 07:13PM

Michael Morse made 60 throws from 30-40 feet on Wednesday, another step for the Nationals’ left fielder in his recovery from a torn right lat muscle that has cost him the first 36 games of the season and will keep him out until June.

Morse, who was cleared to take dry swings on Tuesday, said the throwing went well and was in good spirits as he nears the end of what has seemed like an interminable stay on the disabled list.

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“I haven’t been throwing,” Morse said. “So it was kind of like a monkey riding a bike.”

– Washington Nationals catcher Sandy Leon, who suffered a high right ankle sprain Monday night, four innings into his major league debut, is expected to miss about four weeks.

Leon said the Nationals told him in two weeks he will be cleared to return to activity.

The Nationals called Leon, widely considered the best defensive catcher in the organization, up from Double-A on Saturday night to take the place of Wilson Ramos on the roster. Carlos Maldonado was summoned from Triple-A when Leon went down.