(Michael Morse pretending to place a call during a photo shoot for 22 Fresh during the offseason. Was he calling his doctor?)
"To be clear, it’s really unclear."
(Davey Johnson, via Nationals Journal, 3/22/2012)
So, we've been asking for weeks now. We'll ask again: Is it NOW appropriate to begin panicking about Mike Morse? Still too soon?
"With as big and strong as Mike Morse is, they did this new procedure -- the PRP or whatever -- where you put stuff in and it helps it heal. That's what I just learned. It gets in there and helps the healing. That's a kind of new science as far as I know...
The diagnosis showed a little tear, a small tear. It's an aggressive treatment to help it heal. You look at it a week after that treatment. I'm not sure when that treatment was given or when the diagnosis was given, but it's been three weeks since the injury. He's probably more of a candidate to not open the season."
(Davey Johnson, via Nationals.com, 3/22/2012)
Is Davey really that out of touch with what's going on with his (former) cleanup hitter?
In any case, if you're wondering about PRP, Dr. James Andrews explained the treatment on MLB Network Radio on Thursday:
"Platelet-Rich Plasma is commonly called PRP, and that's where you take your own blood...spin it down and use the platelets that separate... re-inject the platelets back into soft tissue for hamstring pulls, sore knees that have chronic swelling, shoulders that are sore. It has a high anti inflammatory effect for the tissues and it has some healing properties for muscle/tendon injuries."
(Dr. James Andrews, via MLB Network Radio, 3/22/2012)
But fear not, NatsTown, Nationals.com reports that the "Nationals have options if Morse isn't ready." The report didn't say anything about good options; but it did refer to Xavier Nady.
Tune in later for our next installment of #Panicmode, in which we'll examine the curious case of Drew Storen's pitching arm discomfort. Someone should check in with Davey Johnson to see if Storen has had "the PRP or whatever" yet.