Slugger Morse might rejoin Nationals this weekend

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MIAMI (AP) -- The injury-plagued Washington Nationals have some good news on the medical front for a change -- outfielder Michael Morse might be back this weekend.

Morse's sore back is feeling better, accelerating the timetable for his return, manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday. Morse, who hit .303 with 31 homers last year, has yet to play for the Nationals this season and has been on a rehabilitation assignment with Class A Potomac.

He was expected to play in the field Thursday for Potomac and might be in Washington on Friday for the start of a homestand.

Johnson said he'll likely put Morse right back into the lineup rather than have him pinch-hit. Morse is one of 11 Nationals on the disabled list.