The Washington Times - September 25, 2012, 05:44PM

PHILADELPHIA — Nationals outfielder Michael Morse was back in the lineup on Tuesday, one day after he was surprised to be sitting out of the team’s finale against the Milwaukee Brewers. Morse, who has had trouble recently with both of his hands and wrists, got a shot on Monday to combat some of the inflammation that has been causing him discomfort.

The Nationals have been assured that Morse, who does have a bone bruise and a torn sheath in his left wrist, cannot injure himself any worse by playing through it and he told manager Davey Johnson that he wants to play. 


Morse joined the rest of the Nationals’ regulars in the lineup on Tuesday as they opened a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies. All of the Nationals’ pitchers and position players will be deemed “available” Johnson said, from now until the team clinches the National League East crown, which could happen as early as Thursday. 

Here are the full lineups as Ross Detwiler faces off with Cole Hamels:


Jayson Werth RF
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Ian Desmond SS
Danny Espinosa 2B
Kurt Suzuki C
Ross Detwiler P 


Jimmy Rollins SS
John Mayberry Jr. CF
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Carlos Ruiz C
Domonic Brown RF
Darin Ruf LF
Kevin Frandsen 3B
Cole Hamels P