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.

Twins will not pick up Glen Perkins’ 2018 option

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The Twins have informed reliever Glen Perkins they will not pick up his 2018 club option worth $6.5 million, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Instead, he will be paid $700,000 per his buyout clause.

Perkins, 34, has pitched a total of 7 2/3 innings over the last two seasons due to shoulder and biceps injuries. Bollinger adds that the two could come to terms on a minor league deal, but if they can’t reach an agreement, the lefty is likely to retire.

From 2011-15, Perkins emerged as one of the better relievers in baseball, making three All-Star teams. He compiled an aggregate 2.84 ERA with 340 strikeouts and 73 walks across 313 1/3 innings.