MIAMI — Nyjer Morgan is back in the Nationals' lineup tonight, back hitting eighth again, just as he was Saturday night when he was involved in a controversial play at the plate that landed him on the bench the next day.
But try as the Nationals might to move past that incident, Morgan appears to still take issue with the way manager Jim Riggleman handled things over the weekend.
Riggleman benched Morgan for yesterday's game against the Cardinals because he believed the center fielder would get plunked in retaliation for running into catcher Bryan Anderson the previous night when there was no play at the plate. Morgan insists the play wasn't dirty, but he seems more upset that his manager criticized him publicly without ever raising the issue directly with him.
"He just basically did a Cardinal sin," Morgan said before tonight's game against the Marlins. "You don't blast your player out in the paper. But it's all right."
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