Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/26/12
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Injuries helped the Washington Nationals' offense run into trouble this weekend in Philadelphia as the Phillies swept a three-game series.

SS Ian Desmond (hamstring) and LF Michael Morse (hand) are hoping to return for the first game of the Miami series in Florida on Tuesday, but they weren't available for the Phillies.

The loss of both hurt the Washington lineup, and the Nationals scored a grand total of four runs in three games. The Phillies wrapped up the three-game sweep with a 4-1 victory on Sunday.

Morse got hit in the hand in the first inning of the first game and never returned the entire weekend.

Desmond felt something in his hamstring before Friday's game. He had been put into the starting lineup, but manager Davey Johnson pulled him at that point. The only appearance he made was when he appeared to pinch-hit in the eighth Sunday, but a pitching change made Johnson pull him.

Morse usually bats fourth or fifth while Desmond's been hitting sixth and is a solid clutch hitter. The loss of two players in and near the middle of the lineup will hurt any team, and the Nationals couldn't recover.

"We're two players short," Johnson said after Sunday's game. "We're minus two pretty good players."

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