Michael Morse aggravates lat muscle tear, will be in “total shutdown mode” for six weeks

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Michael Morse was on the verge of coming off the disabled list when he experienced pain while throwing on his minor-league rehab assignment and the news on the Nationals left fielder isn’t good.

General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters that Morse aggravated his torn lat muscle and will be in “total shutdown mode” for at least six weeks, adding that surgery is not an option to repair the injury.

That would still leave some time for Morse to potentially return before the All-Star break, but given his previous setback seeing him in the Nationals’ lineup before the second half seems unlikely. Morse is a huge loss, as he emerged as one of the league’s top hitters during the past two seasons while batting .298 with 31 homers and an .896 OPS in 163 games.

Calling up Bryce Harper from Triple-A to replace Morse isn’t a consideration according to Rizzo, so instead the Nationals will turn to some combination of Mark DeRosa, Xavier Nady, and Roger Bernadina in bigger roles.

MLB extends Roberto Osuna’s administrative leave again

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Major League Baseball announced on Monday that Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna has had his administrative leave extended again, this time through May 28. Osuna’s administrative leave was extended last week. Two weeks ago, he was charged with assaulting a woman on an off-day.

MLB is investigating the incident. Most likely, Osuna will be suspended and fined, which can happen whether or not he is convicted at his court appearance on June 18.

Prior to the incident, Osuna accrued nine saves with a 2.93 ERA anda  13/1 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 innings. The Jays have lost eight of their last 10 games and one of those two wins was a walk-off, so there haven’t been many save situations. Tyler Clippard was the last Jay to record a save back on May 9.