Report: Nationals' Michael Morse Doubtful For Home Opener

Wednesday April 11th, 2012

Washington Nationals slugger Michael Morse is not expected to be ready for Thursday's home opener, according to the Associated Press.

Morse, on the 15-day disabled list with a back injury, attempted to make a minor league rehab start today, but Nats manager Davey Johnson said he had to come out and undergo futher tests.

"He has no problem swinging, but unfortunately we don't have a DH," Johnson said. "I was kind of looking forward to penciling him in the lineup on Thursday."

Morse is coming off a career year -- he hit .303 for the Nats last season with 31 homers and 95 RBIs.

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