The Nationals did not have an update on the status of closer Drew Storen or cleanup hitter Michael Morse, both of whom could be facing long-term recoveries. Storen visited renowned surgeon James Andrews on Tuesday for another opinion on his sore right elbow, while today the Nationals sent the results from tests on Morse’s strained right lat to Andrews, Manager Davey Johnson said.
The Nationals expect Storen’s diagnosis will reveal a small bone chip in his right elbow. Storen would require surgery to remove the bone chip, which causes significant pain, and he could miss roughly half the season.
The Nationals believed Morse’s lat strain, first diagnosed March 6, had healed. But Monday night he experienced a setback, unable to throw the ball from left field to shortstop during a minor league rehab appearance at Class A Hagerstown. The Nationals had expected Morse to return for tomorrow’s home opener. Instead, the fact that they are sending his results to Andrews indicates surgery is an option.
Johnson said he expected to know more about Morse and Storen following today’s game.