Worried that Nyjer Morgan might “get hit” because of his unnecessary shove of Cardinals catcher Bryan Anderson on Saturday night, Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has opted to keep the outfielder out of the lineup Sunday.
Riggleman stood up for his outfielder in a chat with Gene Wang of the Washington Post on Sunday, but did acknowledged that Morgan made a mistake:
“I think he was just having a day like where he was upset about some
things and did an unprofessional thing. He went after the catcher,”
Riggleman said. “So I certainly don’t condone that, but we’ve all made
mistakes. I think that’s not Nyjer’s style of play to do something like
that. That’s totally uncharacteristic. I think the culmination of the
day, when I called him in, told him I was going to hit him eighth
instead of leadoff, and I think it just was building up all day. I think
he thought I was wearing that equipment there at home plate.”
Riggleman said he spoke with St. Louis manager Tony La Russa about the matter, but it seems possible that Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright might direct his anger toward another member of the Nationals lineup today.