Michael Morse gets cortisone shot, hopes to play Monday

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Nationals outfielder Michael Morse hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since being scratched from Tuesday’s lineup against the Braves because of a mild strain of his right lat muscle. But he’s hoping to get back on the right track early this week.

From MLB.com beat writer Bill Ladson comes word that Morse was given a cortisone injection on Saturday afternoon and is hoping to feel well enough to serve as the Nationals’ designated hitter in Monday’s exhibition matchup with the Cardinals.

Morse, 29, batted .303/.360/.550 with 31 home runs and 95 RBI in 575 plate appearances last season for Washington. Nats manager Davey Johnson said Sunday that he’s on pace to be ready for Opening Day.

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.