With Mike Morse' rehab stint in Triple-A Syracuse coming to a close, the Washington Nationals will designate Willy Taveras for assignment, giving the team 10 days to trade or release the veteran outfielder. 

 Taveras, 28, hit .200/.243/.257 for the Nats in 37 plate appearances.  He had four RBIs (all in one game), with one steal.  He was caught stealing twice.

Lifetime, Taveras is a .274/.320/.327 hitter, but those numbers are propped up by one good season in 2007, when he hit .320 with a .370 BABiP for Colorado.

According to reports, Taveras took the news as well as can be expected, but was undecided if he would return to play minor league ball should the Nats wish to retain his services.

Morse played in four games early this season before he injured his calf making a play on a routine fly ball.  It seemed a trivial matter at the time, but has held him out of major league action for six weeks at this point.

Morse earned part of a platoon situation in right field coming out of spring training, sharing time with left-handed hitter Willie Harris.  But Roger Bernadina has played well after his recall though, and to start with, Morse will probably get at bats against tough lefties and provide some measure of pop off the bench--where there is a dire shortage.

Morse is a .291/.352/.405 lifetime hitter in the majors over 398 plate appearances.