Morse's fractured finger feeling better

Morse's fractured finger feeling better

SEATTLE -- Michael Morse had his broken little finger taped to the ring finger on his right hand Friday, but said the swelling had gone down considerably since he got hit by a 95 mph fastball by Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers in Thursday's 4-3 loss.

Morse is expected to miss somewhere from 3-7 days, an estimate the Mariners are sticking with after seeing him on Friday.

"All the tests have been pretty positive," manager Eric Wedge said. "We'll take another look at him in the next couple days and go from there. All things considered, we dodged a bullet. We'll just see how it goes day-to-day."

Morse was tied for the American League lead in homers going into Friday's games, but will be sitting for at least the rest of the Rangers series and likely beyond.

"The swelling has gone down, I think that's the main part," Morse said. "Once that goes down more, it'll be tolerable. It still hurts, but it's my pinky, so I'm not worried about it. I think once the swelling goes down, the pain will be OK."

Morse said the little finger on his right hand doesn't actually grip the bat when he swings, which is one big positive, and also the main reason it took the brunt of the ball.

"Luckily for me, I overlap my pinky, so I don't really use it," he said. "So that works out to my benefit. A couple days, I should be fine."

Greg Johns is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.