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Michael Morse could return to the Nationals as soon as Tuesday in New York.
Michael Morse, who is opening the season on the disabled list with a strained lat muscle, will begin a rehab assignment with Class AA Harrisburg this evening. If all goes well, the Nationals won't hesitate to activate him Tuesday as soon as he becomes eligible.
"It will be entirely up to how he's feeling, what he's able to do," manager Davey Johnson said. "But knowing Michael Morse, I'll probably get a phone call in about 3-4 days saying he's ready."
Morse is slated to start in left field tonight for Harrisburg at Bowie. He'll be joined in the lineup by Rick Ankiel, who will serve as the Senators' designated hitter.
Ankiel, on the DL with quadriceps tightness, will miss a bit more time than Morse. Because he wasn't officially added to the 40-man roster until March 30, he won't be eligible to return until April 14.
Meanwhile, right-handers Drew Storen and Chien-Ming Wang have returned to Viera, Fla., to continue their rehab at the Nationals' extended spring training complex. Johnson said Wang (hamstring strain) should be ready to start throwing off a mound in the next 3-4 days. Storen should begin facing live batters in 7-10 days and then will go on a minor-league rehab assignment.
Both Storen and Wang are projected to return from the DL sometime in late-April.