Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/25/12

The injury bug bit the Washington Nationals again on Friday night.

Manager Davey Johnson lost clean-up hitter and left fielder Michael Morse as well as shortstop Ian Desmond to injuries. These appear to be problems that will last just a few days.

Morse got hit on the right hand by Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick in the first inning and left the game. X-rays of the hand were negative, and manager Davey Johnson said he'll probably be fine in a few days.

It appears doubtful that Morse will play Saturday, and he'll be able to watch the game with Desmond. The shortstop's likely going to miss the whole weekend series with a hamstring problem.

Johnson said it appears that Desmond may have hyperextended the hamstring a bit, and the team wants to be cautious. They yanked him from the starting lineup in the hour before the first pitch and will probably sit him this weekend and let him rest on Monday's off-day.

Desmond just came back last Friday after missing nearly a month because of an oblique strain.

This is what the Nationals dealt with repeatedly in the first half of the season -- and these injuries are a bigger problem because they cost Washington two of its better hitters.

Morse was batting fourth in this game, and Desmond usually hits sixth. The Nationals didn't do much on offense in the 4-2 loss.

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