Washington Nationals: Michael Morse Tells Manager He Wants to Return on June 1

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 17, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10:  Michael Morse #38 of the Washington Nationals hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Nationals Park on September 10, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
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The Washington Nationals are aiming for a June 8 return for outfielder Michael Morse, but Morse believes he will be ready a week prior.

The theory is that Morse will DH for the series against the Boston Red Sox beginning on June 9 at Fenway Park. If he returned any earlier he would be forced to play the outfield.

Amanda Comak reported that Morse is anxious to return and that he has already told manager Davey Johnson that he will be ready on June 1. 

The #nats are still targeting June 8 for Michael Morse's return, but he told Davey he'd be ready when they return home for 6/1 homestand

— Amanda Comak (@acomak) May 17, 2012

It will be an interesting situation in D.C. as to whether or not Johnson decides to throw Morse in the lineup a week early.

He is likely to play it safe and keep him rested one week and not risk a setback once again. Throwing from the field was always what bothered Morse with his lat injury. Waiting one more week might be beneficial in the long run.

Morse will likely try his best to sneak into the lineup a bit early, however, and it already seems as though he is beginning his campaign.