The Nationals placed outfielder Mike Morse on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a left calf injury, according to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson.
Morse had been making a push for the starting right field job in Washington until he was injured Thursday while going after a fly ball. He’s 1-for-6 on the year, as it stands, with no walks and three strikeouts.
Willie Harris and Willy Taveras are expected to platoon in right for at least the next two weeks, and perhaps longer. The Nationals aren’t overly concerned about Morse’s injury, but it’s tough for an outfielder to shake off a calf injury with so much ground to cover. That said, the 28-year-old should be back during the month of May.
The ALCS had a weird play in Game 4 on Tuesday night, but Game 4 of the NLCS did as well. This one involved Cubs outfielder Albert Almora, Jr. and his attempt to spark a rally in the bottom of the ninth inning against Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling.
After Alex Avila singled, Almora ripped a double to left field, past a diving Enrique Hernandez. The ball rolled to the ivy in front of the wall. Most outfielders there would’ve put their hands up, which would have alerted the umpires to call an immediate ground-rule double. Hernandez didn’t, instead fishing the ball out and firing it back into the infield. Avila had stopped at third base, but Almora kept running. Much to his surprise, he pulled up into third base to see his teammate standing there, resigned to his fate as a dead duck. Third baseman Justin Turner applied the tag on Almora for what he thought was the first out of the inning.
Almora, however, was then sent back to second base after the umpires correctly called a ground-rule double.
Unfortunately for the Cubs, the lucky break didn’t help as closer Kenley Jansen came in and took care of business, retiring all three batters he faced without letting an inherited runner score. The Dodgers won 6-1 and now lead the NLCS three games to none. They’ll try to punch their ticket to the World Series on Wednesday.