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28 Jayson Werth LF
Height/Weight: 6-5/242 | Birthdate: 5/20/1979 | Birthplace: Springfield, IL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: No College | MLB Experience: 13 | Salary: $16,571,429 | Owned/Started%: 67/5 | Average Draft Position: 174.94
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Nationals OF Jayson Werth heading to see specialist on wrist


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is heading back to Washington to see a specialist for his wrist injury, manager Matt Williams said per The Washington Post.

Werth, who is on the 15-day DL with the injury, is expected to rejoin the team this weekend in Cincinnati. General manager Mike Rizzo said Werth's range of motion has improved, but the doctor visit was planned. Werth has not played since May 15 and is hitting .208 with 12 RBI in 101 at-bats this season.


Nationals OF Jayson Werth still not ready to take swings


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is still dealing with wrist pain and is unable to rotate it, according to the Washington Post. Werth is not taking swings, but is with the team in Chicago.

"If you've got what he's got on his wrist -- the surgeries, the metal and all of that stuff -- it takes a little bit longer when you get plunked like that," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "He's not able to rotate like he would need to swinging a bat.

Werth, who is currently on the 15-day DL with the injury, has not been able to swing since May 15. He is hitting .208 with 12 RBI in 101 at-bats this season.


Wrist remains an issue for Nationals LF Jayson Werth


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) The good news for Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth is that he has plenty of time to recover from a wrist injury. After all, he was placed on the disabled list only four days ago.

The bad news is that it still has swelling, according to the Washington Post. That makes it difficult to rotate and swing despite aggressive treatment.

Werth has been sidelined since May 15, when he took a fastball off the wrist. It remains to be seen if his stint on the DL lasts more than 15 days.


Nationals recall Wilmer Difo, send Jayson Werth to DL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) The Nationals have recalled infielder Wilmer Difo to the majors, while placing outfielder Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list, the team announced.

An MRI on Werth's injured left wrist revealed no structural damage, but he'll receive an extended period of rest and recovery for the injury. He was hit by a pitch on the wrist on Friday and hasn't played since. Werth has hit .208/.294/.287 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 101 at-bats.

Difo, who has yet to make his major-league debut, has logged just 52 at-bats over the high Class A level. He has hit .308/.339/.500 with three stolen bases for Double-A Harrisburg.


Report: MRI reveals no damage to wrist of Nationals' Jayson Werth


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) An MRI revealed no fracture or ligament damage to the left wrist of Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, a source told MLB.com.

Werth suffered the wrist injury when he was hit by a pitch in Friday's game. He has not played since and it is not known if he'll need a stint on the disabled list.


Nationals hoping for just a bruise on Jayson Werth's wrist


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth underwent an MRI on his injured left wrist on Monday, according to the Washington Post. The team is hoping for a bad bruise in a sensitive area, but won't know for sure until the results come in.

Werth has been out since he was forced to leave Friday's game when he got hit by a pitch on the wrist. Werth is hitting .208 with 12 RBI in 101 at-bats this season.


OF's Jayson Werth, Denard Span out of Nationals' lineup for Sunday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Jayson Werth (wrist) and Denard Span are out of the Nationals’ lineup for Sunday in San Diego, as Tyler Moore will make his second straight start in left field, batting sixth, and Michael Taylor will bat leadoff and play centerfield.

Werth left Friday’s game after getting hit on the wrist with a pitch and sat out Saturday’s win.

Span, who's started 12 of the last 13 games for the Nats in centerfield, will sit out for rest.


X-rays on Nationals OF Jayson Werth's wrist come back negative


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth underwent X-rays on his left wrist, which came back negative, manager Matt Williams told reporters, per the Washington Post. Werth exited Friday’s game against San Diego in the second inning after getting plunked on the left wrist with a 92 mph fastball from Odrisamer Despaigne.

He is expected to be evaluated again on Saturday.


Nationals OF Jayson Werth leaves Friday's game with wrist injury


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was forced to leave Friday's game against the Padres after he was hit in the left wrist by a pitch, the team announced. 

Werth was 1 for 1 before exiting the game. Tyler Moore took his place in left field. 


Nationals' Jayson Werth crushes second home run of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth went 1 for 4 at the plate in Washington's 9-6 win over the Diamondbacks on Wednesday. 

Werth did his damage in the third inning when he took a 2-1 pitch from Jeremy Hellickson over the left center field wall for a three-run shot, his second of the season. Werth boosted his average to .189 with 12 RBI in 95 at-bats this season. 


Nats' Jayson Werth working his way back to familiar form


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) After having his offseason and spring training cut short because of a January surgery and subsequent rehab, the Nationals' Jayson Werth has struggled this season, hitting .186 with only three extra-base hits in 23 games, reports the Washington Post

But the outfielder is working his way back into regaining his familiar form. 

“He’s working through it through the course of a regular season, which is never easy,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “Any time we have the ability to get him out on the field by himself to work on some things, all the while wanting him to play every day, it’s important for us to do that.


Nationals LF Jayson Werth (shoulder) returns to lineup Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth is back in the starting lineup for Friday's contest against the Braves. Werth missed the last two games was still being bothered by a nagging shoulder injury that cost him the first six games of the season. 

"I thought I was through it," he said, per The Washington Post. "I thought I'd be good and then it popped back up. But I really don't foresee any more problems with it. I said that a couple times now but it flared back up. The good news is that it calms back down and I get back to neutral, zero."

Werth is trying to get on track with the bat, as he has just three hits over 17 at-bats in May. His is 3 for 8 lifetime against Braves starter Eric Stults, who is on the mound Friday.

"I'm getting close on all my weights in all my lifts and are coming back," Werth said. "It took some time. I'd say in the last two, three weeks it's really come back. I think I'll be fine. I've hit the balls good in batting practice. The power is there. Everything has just been more timing right now."

Michael Taylor, who had replaced Werth, will be back on the bench for Friday's game. 


Nationals' Matt Williams: Jayson Werth dealing with 'cranky' shoulder


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth is dealing with post-surgery soreness in his shoulder, which has kept him out of the lineup in back-to-back games, manager Matt Williams told reporters, per the Washington Times. Williams added that the team wanted to take advantage with the upcoming off day on Thursday before inserting him back in the lineup Friday night against the Braves.

"It's part of the progression ... It's going to be cranky from time to time," Williams said.

Michael Taylor drew the start for the Nationals in Werth's absence.

Werth is hitting .231 (6 for 26) with three RBI over his last six games played. He is hitting .176/.247/.203 with seven RBI over his first 85 plate appearances this season.


Jayson Werth sits again for Nationals on Wednesday vs. Marlins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/6/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth was not in the starting lineup once again on Wednesday against the Marlins. Werth, who missed the beginning of the season with a shoulder injury, was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game, though no injury is being reported.

Michael Taylor drew the start in left field on Wednesday, batting eighth in the lineup for manager Matt Williams. 


Nationals LF Jayson Werth gets night off Tuesday vs. Marlins


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth was given the night off and was held out of the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Marlins. Werth has really been struggling at the plate, as he is just .195 over his last 10 games with zero extra base hits. 

Michael Taylor replaced Werth in left field for manager Matt Williams on Tuesday. 


Nationals LF Jayson Werth continues to struggle at the plate


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth went 0 for 4 in the team's 1-0 win over the Mets on Sunday. It was the second time in the last three games he failed to record a hit. 

Werth has started every game since returning from a stint on the disabled list on April 13. But he has yet to get going offensively, hitting just .159 with 19 strikeouts in 18 games. Werth will try to snap out of his funk when the Nationals open up a three-game series with the Marlins on Monday.


Nationals' Williams on Jayson Werth: He will get occasional day off


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) The Nationals opted to hold outfielder Jayson Werth out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Cardinals. Manager Matt Williams admitted the team is being a little cautious as Werth is coming off shoulder surgery.

"He's going to have to have an occasional day," Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "He didn't have spring training, if you will. He goes through that regular spring training soreness and it's even more monumental because it's condensed (amount of time)."

Werth is batting .167 (5 for 30) with two doubles, two RBI, three walks and seven strikeouts in eight games since coming off the disabled list.


Jayson Werth gets first RBI of year for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth showed signs of breaking out of his early season slump on Sunday. 

After a day off on Saturday, Werth was back in the starting lineup and went 1 for 3. He walked once, scored once and drove in his first run of the season with an RBI single in the fifth.

Werth is now hitting .130 for the season.


Nats move Escobar to leadoff spot, drop Taylor to ninth in order


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams made a few changes to his batting order Tuesday against the Red Sox.

Williams moved Yunel Escobar from the No. 2 spot in the lineup into the leadoff spot, where Michael Taylor was positioned the first seven games. Taylor dropped to ninth in the lineup Tuesday.

Outfielder Jayson Werth, who made his season debut Monday after beginning the season on the disabled list, moved up from the cleanup spot to second in the lineup. 

Escobar has a .367 on-base percentage through seven games. He has a career .353 on-base percentage in 222 games batting first.


Nationals OF Jayson Werth goes hitless in return


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth went 0 for 3 in Monday's 9-4 loss to the Red Sox. Werth was playing his first game of the season after returning from a shoulder injury. A right fielder for most of 2014, Werth played left field in Monday's game. 

Werth struck out in the first inning, grounded into a double play in the fourth and grounded out to close the sixth inning. Reed Johnson replaced Werth before the game finished. 

"Things can change really quick," Werth said, via MLB.com. "You look back to last year and the year before, we've overcome more than this. It's just a game. We'll put it behind us and get ready for tomorrow."


Nationals activate Jayson Werth, option Matt den Dekker


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) The Nationals activated outfielder Jayson Werth from the 15-day disabled list Monday and optioned outfielder Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Syracuse.

Werth missed the first six games of the season while continuing to recover from January shoulder surgery. He went 1 for 6 with three walks and a home run during his rehab assignment with Class A Potomac. Werth is slated to spend this season in left field after spending most of his career in right field.

den Dekker went 0 for 2 in four games off the bench for the Nationals.


Nationals OF Jayson Werth expected to be activated Monday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will likely be back with his team this week. 

According to MLB.com, the Nationals are expected to activate Werth this Monday. He is traveling with the Nationals to Boston for their upcoming series. 

Werth entered the season on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. During his rehab assignment on Saturday, Werth went 1 for 4 with a home run. 


Nationals' Jayson Werth homers in rehab doubleheader


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth went 1 for 4 with two walks and a home run while playing in both games of a doubleheader with Class A Potomac Saturday.

Werth homered while playing seven innings in left field in the first game before coming back to go 0 for 2 as the designated hitter in the second game of the day. He's scheduled to take Sunday off and evaluate how his body feels before potentially being activated Monday, NatsInsider.com reports.

"That would be a standard thing, if he played and had to get going in two separate games, it’d be standard for him to get the day (off) anyway and get a work day and be ready to play the following day," manager Matt Williams said Saturday. "We’ll see how he comes out of it, whether that’s with us or another rehab game."

If Werth does come off the disabled list Monday, he'll do so with not as much spring work as usual.

"You (typically) end up with 60-ish at-bats at the end of spring," Williams said. "We don’t necessarily have that luxury at this point in the season. What we want to do is make sure he’s ready, his timing’s good, that he feels good about it, and get him there as quickly as possible, making sure he’s healthy and 100 percent ready to play."


Nationals' Jayson Werth's rehab appearance rained out


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was scheduled to make an injury rehab appearance at Class A Potomac on Friday, but the game was postponed due to wet grounds

The Nationals were prepared for that to happen, based on the weather report. Manager Matt Williams said that Werth would play the outfield in Potomac's first game of Saturday's doubleheader, then get one or two at bats as a designated hitter in the nightcap. 

Werth is recovering from shoulder surgery. Williams said the plan is for him to make his season debut on Monday. 


Nationals OF Jayson Werth tinkering with swing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who began a rehab assignment Thursday, said he has been working on some adjustments with his swing, per MASNsports.com.

"Been kind of playing with my hands a little bit," Werth said. "That was the one thing that down there in those games in the minor leagues I was playing at. I was just a little jumpy, just trying to get my hands in the right spot.

"It seems like when I take flips and cage work when I have my hands up, it doesn't feel as good, the timing doesn't feel as good. So I put them back down, that feels good in the cage. But when I get in the game, it is the opposite."

While Werth said he has been messing with his swing in warmups, he prefers his old stance during games.

"I put my hands back up. In that last at-bat, I had better timing," Werth said of his first rehab outing. "I fouled back that changeup early in the count and then I spit on the slider with two strikes. Elevated heater, I felt like he humped up on that pitch, too. That was the one I hit. Keep tinkering a little bit. But just got to find the slot, find the timing. That's the whole battle throughout the whole season."

Werth, who is coming off shoulder surgery in January, is expected to play a full nine innings in his second rehab game Friday.

"They keep telling me I'm ahead of schedule," Werth said. "Which I guess is good, but I feel like I'm really close for what it's worth. (But) these decisions aren't made by me. I just tell them how I feel and they tell me what to do."