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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Michael Morse gets PRP injection, could miss Opening Day

Michael Morse's path back to active duty appears longer than the Washington Nationals originally estimated as the outfielder was given a platelet-rich plasma injection recently and Nationals manager Davey Johnson admitted on Thursday that he's "probably" a candidate not to open the season on the Nationals' 25-man roster.

Davey Johnson doubtful Chien-Ming Wang will be back within two weeks

Tomorrow will mark one-week since Chien-Ming Wang took a nasty fall over the first base bag and severely strained his left hamstring. It's also the day Wang said he plans to play some light catch for the first time since the injury occurred. But Nationals manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday that he was doubtful Wang would return to the mound within three weeks to a month, doubling the two-week estimate that the trainers gave initially. Johnson saw Wang in the training room on Wednesday and said there was a lot of bleeding in the injured area, a deep bruise that had spread in each direction on Wang's leg.

Stephen Strasburg named Nationals Opening Day starter

For the past five weeks, when it comes to choosing an Opening Day starter from his full cupboard of pitchers, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson has played coy. Gio Gonzalez and Edwin Jackson are his former All-Stars. Jordan Zimmermann was his best pitcher in 2011. But there was only one choice, really, for Johnson and that was to hand the ball to the man who has been destined for this assignment since the day the Nationals selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 draft. Nineteen months after Tommy John surgery, Stephen Strasburg will be the Nationals' Opening Day starter and the unquestioned No. 1 of their 2012 starting rotation.

Talking about Steve Lombardozzi at leadoff and in the field

When Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson wrote Steve Lombardozzi's name atop the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the New York Mets, he had to be expecting a few questions. After all, Johnson has maintained throughout the spring that shortstop Ian Desmond is his leadoff hitter and second baseman Danny Espinosa is his No. 2 hitter.

Bryce Harper talks about getting sent to the minor leagues

Since early December, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson urged everyone to keep an open mind about Bryce Harper. Keep an open mind, he said, about the 19-year-old phenom making the Nationals' 25-man roster out of spring training. Keep an open mind about him helping the Nationals from April through October and for plenty of years after that. But the reality was that the Nationals -- as well as Harper -- had far too much to gain by sending him to the minor leagues to start this season. Here's what Harper had to say after he was informed of the Nationals' decision: