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“It’s just, we don’t know exactly when Michael Morse will be back,” Johnson said. “It’s my cleanup hitter. We’re not going to push it to where we exacerbate it. This just gives an opportunity to somebody else.”

Morse has maintained throughout, both to reporters and Johnson, that he’s feeling OK. Johnson said he was encouraged by that, despite Morse’s ominous current status.

“The fact he feels fine, the fact that he doesn’t feel the discomfort, that’s good,” Johnson said. “I always like to know how the player feels. That’s a good sign.”