The Washington Times - September 16, 2012, 07:11PM

ATLANTA — Michael Morse is hoping that one week is the longest he’ll be out with a bone bruise and a torn sheath in his left wrist, but Nationals manager Davey Johnson is not convinced that’ll be all.

The Nationals’ outfielder has not taken batting practice since he was sent for tests on his left wrist on Wednesday morning in New York. He didn’t take it Sunday night before the Nationals’ finale with the Braves, either. But Morse said he plans to go to Nationals Park on the team’s off day on Monday to receive treatment and possibly attempt hitting to test how he feels.


If all goes well, he hopes to take full batting practice on Tuesday and be in the lineup for the Nationals’ series opener with the Dodgers.

But Johnson wasn’t ready to plan on that.

“I’m not counting on nothing,” Johnson said. “I’m not taking anything for granted. I hope that thing gets better. He hasn’t been able to take BP and he’s not taking it today so it’s bothering him enough to, he’s going to have to be able to take BP.”

At this point Morse’s hope is that the rest will allow things in his wrist to calm down and for the pain to dissipate enough so that he can play the rest of the way. He doesn’t expect the pain to fully go away until the offseason but it can be manageable enough for him to play.

Johnson said he’d consider Morse’s playing time based on who is pitching for the opposition. Tuesday’s game is tentatively scheduled to feature right-hander Aaron Harang, which could benefit Morse as he’s not a pitcher who’s going to throw upper 90’s inside on him.

“At this time of the season I’ll probably be a little more aggressive if the doctors tell me it’s not something they can get worse,” Johnson said. “It’s basically a bone bruise and I don’t think the get worse unless you hit it. (If it won’t get worse) I’ll probably run him out there.”