WASHINGTON -- Nyjer Morgan's latest run-in with a Major League catcher cost him a chance to start against the team that cast him away last month.
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke revealed Sunday morning that Morgan suffered a deep bruise to his right thigh in a collision with Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit on Wednesday. That's why Morgan was not in Milwaukee's starting lineup for either game of a Sunday doubleheader against the Nationals.
"I knew he was sore but I didn't realize [how sore]," Roenicke said. "He's available to pinch-hit, but that's all."
Minus the injury, Morgan might have started both games Sunday. He is 6-for-14 lifetime against Washington's Game 1 starter, Jason Marquis, and 5-for-10 against Game 2 starter Livan Hernandez. Morgan missed an opportunity to play against the team that took away his starting job in Spring Training -- Rick Ankiel is the Nationals' center fielder instead -- and traded him to the Brewers on March 27 for a fringe prospect, infielder Cutter Dykstra.
Asked whether Morgan would miss significant time, Roenicke said, "It better be day to day."