Ross Detwiler and Nyjer Morgan each were in uniform in the Nationals' clubhouse this afternoon, each looking to the naked eye like he could play in tonight's game if needed.
Of course, both players are on the 15-day disabled list, both with right hip injuries. The good news, though, is that neither injury appears serious and the Nats hope each will be able to return soon after his 15 days are up.
Detwiler worked out with pitching coach Steve McCatty this afternoon and reported no problems with his hip, which required surgery back in February. He underwent an MRI yesterday, but the the results of that test haven't been revealed yet.
"Detwiler said he feels pretty good actually today," manager Jim Riggleman said. "That's encouraging. I don't think it's anything we're going to get too far ahead of ourselves with. But he did say he felt better than he did the last couple days."
Morgan, meanwhile, was in Nashville over the weekend getting an MRI of his own hip. That test did reveal "an issue," as Riggleman described it, though it's apparently not something that needs surgery.
Morgan maintained all along he could play and wasn't happy about being placed on the DL last week in Arizona.
"It's going to be pain tolerance more than anything else," Riggleman said. "If he feels good, he can play. If he's feeling something, it's an indication that he's going to have to shut it down. I know Nyjer's irritated that he's on the disabled list. He felt like could have played through this. But once you go to the trainer and say, 'I want to know what's wrong,' and they find something, we've got to be conservative about it."