As expected Mike Morse will begin the season on the disabled list, with the Nationals making the move official today.
Morse has been out since March 13 with a lat injury and received platelet-rich plasma injections as part of his treatment, but won’t have enough time to be ready by next week.
Morse’s injury opens the door for minor-league signing Xavier Nady to crack the Opening Day roster as first base/left field depth. Steve Lombardozzi has also been seeing some action in the outfield and Mark DeRosa is another option.
Morse played 146 of 162 games last season, hitting .303 with 31 homers and a .910 OPS.
Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.
Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.
Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.