NEW YORK — Michael Morse will go for tests on his left wrist on Wednesday, hoping to get to the bottom of the pain that has plagued him for about a month.
“I’m not helping the team when I’m not 100 percent,” Morse said after the Nationals’ 5-3 victory over the New York Mets on Tuesday. “I’m not helping myself, either. I’m going to get it looked at and get down to the bottom of it and try to get back to 100 percent. I’m not 100 percent.”
He is expected to have an X-ray and an MRI taken on the wrist.
Morse, who sat out a game in San Francisco in the third week of August with a sore right thumb, felt he may have tried to compensate for that pain by using his left hand more with a swing, leading to this issue. He was also then hit with a pitch on the outside of his right hand on Aug. 24 in Philadelphia.
While he’s been trying to get those issues to heal, he’s also quietly been dealing with pain in the other wrist as well.
“I haven’t really tried to say anything about it,” Morse said. “But, I’ve got both my hands hurting.”
His production hasn’t taken an extremely alarming dip since the Nationals were in San Francisco, but the power numbers do appear to be below where Morse usually sits. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he hasn’t liked the way the outfielder’s been swinging lately, either.
Since the Nationals began their series with the Giants, Morse is hitting .244 with one double, one triple and two home runs. He was 0-for-5 against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Tuesday night.
“We’re just going to play it day-by-day,” Johnson said, adding that he’d decide whether Tyler Moore or Roger Bernadina would play in Morse’s place on Wednesday in the team’s finale against the Mets. “I was going to give him tomorrow off. This guy (Matt Harvey) is a pretty hard thrower… He’s been trying to play through it, but I’ve got guys that can step in.”
Morse said he’d like to get the tests done so he can get some peace of mind over the issue.
“I’m not worried,” he said. “It’s always good to just know, precautionary. Just get something going from here. I’m just, I’m sick of hurting the team.”