Nats’ Morse likely to make position switch
Nationals first baseman Michael Morse continued his hot hitting during a 6-4 victory over the Reds on Tuesday night at Nationals Park. Morse went 2-for-4 against the Reds to raise his batting average to .323, which ranks third in the National League.
The first hit for Morse came in the first inning when he doubled to right field, scoring Rick Ankiel. Two innings later, Morse hit his 21st home run of the season, a solo shot over the right-field wall.
“He’s been really consistent all year,” manager Davey Johnson said. “Since I’ve been here, he really hasn’t had a bad game. He missed one day [after being hit by a pitch] and came back and hit ropes the next day. I don’t know where we’d be without him. He’s been awfully good.”
Although Morse has done an above average job at first base, Johnson said he will put Morse back in left field before the season comes to an end. Morse is expected to be a corner outfielder in 2012 once first baseman Adam LaRoche returns to the lineup. LaRoche has missed most of this season because of shoulder problems.
“I’m thinking at some point in time this season I might move him back [to left field],” Johnson said. “Ideally, when LaRoche comes back, we’ll have LaRoche at first and probably Morse in left field. We’re going to have Morse somewhere every day.”
Morse doesn’t care where he plays. He said starting his professional career as a shortstop has made him adapt to other positions.
“I don’t mind it. I look at the lineup and whatever it says, I play,” Morse said. “I think playing shortstop has helped me adjust at any position. I like the infield. I’ve always liked the infield, but if I’m in the outfield, I’m in the outfield. If I’m catching, I’m catching.”