That’s what Nationals outfielder Michael Morse said after manager Davey Johnson urged him to be cautious with his tight right hamstring Thursday in the game against the Rockies at Coors Field.
“If I had a broken leg and a broken thumb, I’d want to be in the lineup in this ballpark,” Johnson said. “I made him promise, ‘Don’t you be aggravating that hamstring.’ He said, ‘Well, I don’t run that hard anyway.’ ”
Morse is in fact starting in right field and batting cleanup today. He went 7-for-14 with two RBI in the first three games of the series.
Indians outfielder Bradley Zimmer is out for the year after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder, the team announced Saturday. The projected recovery timetable spans anywhere from 8-12 months, which puts Zimmer’s return in the second half of the 2019 season, assuming that all goes well.
Zimmer, 25, had not made an appearance for the Indians since June 3. He racked up a cumulative nine weeks on the major- and minor-league disabled lists this season and will have finished his year with a .226/.281/.330 batting line, seven extra-base hits, and four stolen bases in 114 plate appearances.
The outfielder reportedly sustained his season-ending injury during a workout in Triple-A Columbus, where Cleveland.com’s Joe Noga says Zimmer began feeling discomfort in his shoulder after completing a set of one-handed throwing drills. Comments from club manager Terry Francona suggest that the Indians have every reason to believe that he’ll make a full recovery by next summer, though it’s not yet clear whether or not he’ll need additional time to readjust to a full workload when he takes the field again.