Nats outfielder Michael Morse was able to play catch at Citizens Banks Park without any problems on Sunday morning. He said his right wrist is still a little sore, but he expects to play against the Marlins on Tuesday.
Since a dismal July 29 outing in Milwaukee, it's been smooth sailing for reliever Ryan Mattheus entering Sunday's series finale. The right-hander was roughed up in an eventual 11-10 victory over the Brewers, allowing four runs (all earned) on five hits, including three home runs, in 1 2/3 innings.
It's the only time this season he's allowed more than one home run in an outing, and it also set season highs for hits and runs allowed.
But since then, Mattheus has logged a spotless month of August. In 13 appearances this month, he has tossed 14 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out eight. He's recorded two holds and one win in that span. Opponents are hitting 2-for-40 against him.
This weekend marks the Nationals' first road series loss since June 22-24 at Baltimore (1-2). Washington had been unbeaten in its last eight series away from Nationals Park (six wins, no losses, two splits).