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28 Jayson Werth RF
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%: 88/49 | Average Draft Position: 174.93
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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."


Nationals' Jayson Werth (shoulder) begins rehab assignment


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth began his rehab assignment with high Class A Potomac Thursday, going 0 for 2 with a walk at the plate and playing seven innings in left field.

"It went good and we’ll see how many more of these I need," Werth said after the game, per MASNsports.com. "But I just really want to get back with my team."

Werth is on the disabled list while working his way back from arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder. While he's first eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, mananger Matt Williams indicated Wednesday that it was unlikely he'd be back when first eligible. Werth added Thursday that he won't rush his return, as he wants to avoid frequent trips to the disabled list throughout the season.


Nationals OF Jayson Werth to begin rehab assignment Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday with Class A Potomac, manager Matt Williams said Wednesday. The plan is for Werth to play seven innings.

Werth is eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday, but Williams indicated it is unlikely.


Nationals OF Jayson Werth taking BP Monday and Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) The Nationals discussed outfielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) playing Opening Day against the Mets, but the team opted against it since he is not quite ready for game action, manager Matt Williams said. 

He will take full batting practice Monday and Wednesday, per The Washington Post.


Nationals place six players on 15-day disabled list


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2015) The Nationals have placed pitcher Erik Davis (elbow), Casey Janssen (shoulder), Nate McLouth (shoulder), Anthony Rendon (knee), Denard Span (abdominal) and Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, the team announced Sunday.

Nationals OF Jayson Werth could be back within first week of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth could rejoin the team within the first week of the season, manager Matt Williams indicated to reporters on Saturday, per MASN Sports. Werth, who is working back from arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder. is expected to see minor-league at-bats over the weekend.

Nationals' Jayson Werth (shoulder) to play in minors this weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that Jayson Werth had five at-bats in a minor-league game on Thursday, and plans to play the next three days over the weekend before accompanying the team to DC for the season opener, according to the Washington Post.

Werth has been rehabbing since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder Jan. 9. His status for Opening Day against the Mets on April 6 remains uncertain. Williams said earlier in the week, Williams indicated that Werth may begin the year on the disabled list.


Nationals' Williams not expecting Jayson Werth to be ready by opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams indicated Wednesday outfielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) will likely begin the year on the disabled list, per MASNsports.com.

"We don't think he's going to be available for Opening Day," Williams said.

Williams said Werth is slated to play 5-6 innings in a minor-league game Wednesday and get at least three at-bats. Werth has been rehabbing since undergoing arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder Jan. 9.


Nationals OF Jayson Werth unsure of next step in rehab


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth went 1 for 2 in his first minor-league game swinging. Werth had surgery on his shoulder which has kept him out this spring. He remains unsure of the next step his recovery process, per Comcast SportsNet Washington.

"I felt like it was the first game of spring training," Werth said. "So if I had a month left, I'd be right where I needed to be. But I've got six days, five now. We're gonna do all the work we can and we're going to do everything we can to get there. I just don't know if it'll be enough. Again, that's not my decision anyway."


Nationals RF Jayson Werth faced live hitters for first time Monday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said that right fielder Jayson Werth took some in-game hits in a minor-league game for the first time this spring, according to The Washington Post

Werth had surgery on his shoulder which has kept him out this spring. He's not expected to be ready for Opening Day as Williams previously called him "a stretch" to play by then. 

Werth hit .292 with 16 home runs a season ago. 


Jayson Werth 'a stretch' to be ready by Nationals' opener


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth took batting practice on Saturday, for the first time since the shoulder surgery that has kept him out this spring. 

Manager Matt Williams said the hitting went well, but Werth won't hit in a minor league game on Sunday. The team still hopes Werth will be ready by Opening Day, but Williams said that was "a stretch", per James Wagner of the Washington Post.


Nationals' Jayson Werth will play defense only minor-league game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth took some swings off a batting tee and is scheduled to play defense only in a minor-league game on Saturday, according to MLB.com. Werth is working his way back from January shoulder surgery, and has yet to make his spring debut. Once he's cleared to face pitchers, he'll start seeing game action. 

Nationals OF Jayson Werth not ready to hit in spring game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday outfielder Jayson Werth is still not ready to hit in a game, per MASNsports.com. He continues to feel soreness in his right shoulder when swinging.

“He’s still working through the swinging part of it,” Williams said, per NatsInsider.com. “But he’s playing defense, jumping from field to field to run bases and do the things he needs to do. So when he is ready to hit, then he’s ready to play. He’s not quite there yet, though.”

Werth has remained optimistic about being ready by Opening Day. Although, Williams isn't as sure.

“I still won’t (rule it out),” Williams said. “You do run out of time, though. There’s a question, sure. The fact he hasn’t had regular at-bats in spring training games makes me question that. But we’ll see.”


Opening Day still a possibility for Nationals' Jayson Werth


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) The Nationals have not closed the door on the possibility of outfielder Jayson Werth being ready for Opening Day, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington. Werth played five innings in left field in a minor-league game on Wednesday, as he continues to work his way back from January shoulder surgery. He has yet to make his spring debut.

Nationals' Jayson Werth (shoulder) fine after minor-league work


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that outfielder Jayson Werth (shoulder) played five innings in the outfield in a minor-league game and came out of the game sore but fine, masnsports.com reports.

Werth saw six chances in his five innings of work. He's returning from January shoulder surgery and has yet to see at-bats in game situations.


Jayson Werth to play outfield in Nationals' minor league game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Jayson Werth will increase his workload slightly on Sunday, as he continues to work his way back from shoulder surgery in January. 

Werth played three innings in the outfield in a Nationals' minor league game on Friday. He didn't bat, and nothing was hit to him while he was in left field. 

Nats manager Matt Williams said Werth will play five innings in the outfield on Sunday, but he still won't bat, per Chris Johnson of MASN. 


Nationals' Jayson Werth to play defense in minor-league game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams told reporters that outfielder Jayson Werth will likely see some action in a minor-league spring game on Friday, per the Washington Post. With the Nationals managing the game, Werth will only play defense, and will be prohibited from throwing during the game, according to MASN Sports.

Werth is working his way back from January shoulder surgery, and is pushing to be ready for Opening Day on April 6. When asked about the number of at-bats he'll receive before the opener, he told the Post: "I don't know. Maybe five?"