Manager Davey Johnson said he got an "alarming" report on him Monday. He could miss as much as two more weeks.
Nationals confident Jayson Werth will return Friday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/19/2013) The Nationals believe outfielder Jayson Werth (hamstring) will be ready to come off the disabled list Friday against the Phillies, according to The Washington Post. General manager Mike Rizzo said Werth returned home to Illinois to tend to a personal matter, but he will begin a rehab assignment this week.
The Nationals were hopeful Werth would have come off the disabled list this week, but his delay was because he visited with a specialist in New York.
"They worked the hamstring very well," Rizzo said. "They found out how they wanted to work it. In doing all that work on it, they flared it up. Hopefully, it’ll make it better in the long run. But they flared it up so he didn’t want to play the next day in the minor leagues. We’re having him rest today, and he’ll start ramping up baseball activities this week."
Jayson Werth out until at least Friday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/18/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will not be able to return until Friday at the earliest, after a setback in his hamstring while rehabbing in the minor leagues, The Washington Post reports Saturday.
Werth is seeing a specialist in Chicago to determine what is wrong with the hamstring. He has been out since May 2 with the injury, and this is the second specialist he is seeing this weekend.
Jayson Werth's recovery hits a snag
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) The Nationals expected outfielder Jayson Werth to return from the disabled list Saturday, but he appeared to suffer a minor setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury Thursday.
Werth saw a doctor Thursday after feeling tightness in his strained right hamstring, and is in New York visiting with the team's specialist, according to the Washington Times.
"He wanted to go see another doctor in New York," manager Davey Johnson said Thursday. "Reason being, he felt a slight, little bit of tightness in his hamstring. He just wanted to check something out."
The team has yet to say officially, but it looks like Werth's return to the active roster could be delayed a few days. Werth has been out since May 2 due to this injury.
Jayson Werth not with Potomac
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was supposed to continue his rehab assignment with the Potomac Nationals Thursday, but he's not with the team, according to James Wagner of the Washington Post.
Werth said his hamstring feels fine, but he "needed more action." There's a 40 percent chance of rain near game time, and the Nationals might not like their highly paid outfielder playing a rehab game in poor weather. The Potomac Nationals are located just a half hour from Nationals Park, so Werth could be getting his work in with the major-league club Thursday. He is aiming to return to the Nationals Saturday.
Jayson Werth feels good after rehab outing
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a hamstring strain, played three innings with Class A Potomac Wednesday, going 1 for 2 at the plate. He still hopes to return to the Nationals Saturday, the Washington Post reports.
"Pretty good," Werth told the Post after the game. "Been a couple weeks since I’ve been out there but a step in the right direction."
Werth is hoping to get three at-bats Thursday.
Jayson Werth on track for Saturday return
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/15/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (hamstring) is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac Wednesday. He's expected to come off the disabled list Saturday against the Padres.
Jayson Werth almost ready for rehab stint
by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com (5/13/2013) Nationals outfielder Jason Werth, who is on the 15-day disabled list, could begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac either Tuesday or Wednesday, MLB.com reports. Werth, who is eligible to be activated off the 15-day disabled list Saturday, could be back in the lineup that same day against the Padres, barring any setbacks.
Jayson Werth hits the DL
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/11/2013) The Nationals officially placed outfielder Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list Saturday, due to a lingering hamstring strain. The move is retroactive to May 3.
Eury Perez was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take Werth's place on the roster.
Jayson Werth likely headed to disabled list
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/10/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is likely headed to the disabled list due to hamstring spasms, Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports.
Werth hasn't played since May 2. If the move is made, it can be backdated such that Werth could return by May 17. He is hitting .260/.308/.400.
Jayson Werth should return soon
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson told the Washington Post Thursday that Jayson Werth likely needs just one more day of rest before he can return to action. Werth missed his fifth game in a row Thursday due to a hamstring injury, but his manager thinks he can return by Saturday against Detroit.
Jayson Werth's MRI comes back clean
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth's MRI on his injured hamstring came back clean.
Despite the positive diagnosis, Werth is not in the team's starting lineup Thursday. The team believes a stomach ailment may have caused Werth to become dehydrated, which caused the hamstring cramp. He's taking an antibiotic to combat the issue. Manager Davey Johnson said he hopes Werth can be back soon, and doesn't expect him to be placed on the disabled list.
Jayson Werth still missing from starting lineup Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is not in the club's starting lineup Thursday.
Werth has been dealing with hamstring soreness, and hasn't played since May 2. Roger Bernadina will play left and hit second in place of Werth. Werth was scheduled to have an MRI on his injury Thursday, but no details of the scan have been revealed at this time.
Jayson Werth to undergo MRI on tight hamstring
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is scheduled to have an MRI on his sore hamstring Thursday. Werth has missed the past four games while dealing with tightness in his hamstring and was held out Wednesday due to the poor weather conditions.
Jayson Werth likely won't need DL stint
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson said outfielder Jayson Werth remained out of the lineup Wednesday against the Tigers because of the weather, but also he still has some tightness in his hamstring and he's also ill. Werth will meet with the team doctor Wednesday, but Johnson doesn't believe it's a DL situation.
Jayson Werth doesn't return as expected
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/8/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth (hamstring) did not return to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Tigers as originally expected. It was the fourth straight game he missed.
Manager Davey Johnson held Werth out of the lineup Tuesday before the game was canceled because he said he didn't want to risk playing him on a wet field. It could have been the reason again Wednesday because the forecast called for possible rain, according to The Washington Times.
Jayson Werth expected back Wednesday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson said outfielder Jayson Werth, who has missed three games with a hamstring injury, could have played Tuesday against the Tigers, but he held him out of the starting lineup because he didn't want to risk playing him on a wet field. Luckily, the game was postponed, so it saved Werth from missing another game.
Johnson added he expects Werth to make it back into the lineup Wednesday.
Jayson Werth not ready to return to lineup
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/7/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was hoping to be back in the starting lineup Tuesday against the Tigers, but the veteran outfielder missed a fourth straight start because of a hamstring injury. Bryce Harper started in right field Tuesday for Washington after Tyler Moore started in right field the first three games Werth was sidelined.
Jayson Werth aiming for Tuesday return
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said Sunday his right hamstring is improving and is hoping to return to the lineup for Tuesday's series opener against Detroit, MASNsports.com reports. Werth missed his third consecutive game Sunday with the issue and has been on the field only once over the past six outings overall due to injuries.
"[Manager] Davey [Johnson] is just being cautious with the hamstring and that's fine with me," Werth said. "It's not injured. If it gets much worse, it could be a situation where I could be out for a significant amount of time. It's just tight, if we get to loosen up, it will be all right. There is no strain or significant injury in there. It just needs to loosen up. Whenever that happens, I'll be good to go."
Jayson Werth expected to miss weekend series
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson expects right fielder Jayson Werth to miss the entire series against the Pirates this weekend but does not expect Werth to require a trip to the disabled list, MASNsports.com reports.
Werth returned to the lineup Thursday but was removed with a tight hamstring.
Jayson Werth absent from lineup
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/3/2013) As anticipated, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was held out of the starting lineup Friday at Pittsburgh after aggravating his hamstring injury Thursday against Atlanta. Werth is considered day-to-day but could miss the three-game series against the Pirates.
Tyler Moore took his spot in the lineup and played right field.
Jayson Werth could miss a few games
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was forced to leave Thursday's game against the Braves in the fifth inning when his hamstring tightened up. According to Comcast Sports Net, Werth is day to day with the injury, and will likely have to miss a few days of action, though it is not expected to require a disabled-list trip.
Werth missed his previous two games due to the hamstring injury, but he tried to play through it and appeared to re-aggravate it.
Jayson Werth's return cut short
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was back in the lineup Thursday after missing two games with ankle and hamstring injuries, however he was forced to leave the game in the fifth inning after seeming to re-aggravate one of the injuries.
Werth went 0 for 2 with a strikeout before being pulled. His status is not yet known, but he will likely be re-evaluated following the game.
Jayson Werth back in lineup
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (5/2/2013) After X-rays on his ankle came back clean, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was back in the lineup Thursday against the Braves. Werth was batting cleanup and playing right field. He missed the team's previous two games due to the injury.
Jayson Werth's X-ray comes back clean
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) An X-ray done on Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth's ankle came back clean, according to MLB.com. Werth is expected to return to the lineup once his hamstring is healthy.
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth is due to have an MRI on his ankle injury, suffered after fouling a foul ball off his foot Monday night. Werth is also dealing with a sore hamstring.
"A bad bruise on the ankle is something that probably won't get much worse," manager Davey Johnson told Comcast Sportsnet. "It's probably hard to run, probably hard to land on. But a tight hamstring, you can pull it. You can be out for a couple weeks. And that's something I don't want to take a chance on."
Werth has hit .265/.314/.408 with four home runs in 105 plate appearances this season.
Jayson Werth out of action again Wednesday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (5/1/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will be out of the team's starting lineup for the second consecutive game Wednesday.
Werth is dealing with ankle and hamstring issues, and is considered day-to-day. Tyler Moore will get another start against the Braves in left field.
Injuries force Jayson Werth to finally miss game
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) For the first time this season, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth was left out of the starting lineup Tuesday at Atlanta because of hamstring and ankle injuries. Bryce Harper moved over from left field to right field to replace Werth, who is batting .333 (7 for 21) in his last six games.
Werth said he's aiming to return to the lineup Wednesday. He said his left ankle is taped up, which is the bigger issue than his hamstring cramps, per MASNsports.com.
Jayson Werth dealing with ankle, hammy issues
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/30/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said after Monday's contest against the Braves that he is dealing with a hamstring issue, along with a sore ankle after fouling a ball off of it. He added that he will see how both injuries feel Tuesday.
Werth is batting .242 (8 for 33) in his last nine games with one homer and two RBI.
Jayson Werth exits after fouling ball off foot
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth left Monday's series opener against the Braves in the eighth inning after fouling a ball off his left foot. He was able to finish the at-bat but was replaced by Roger Bernadina in right field in the bottom half of the frame.
Werth went 1 for 4 with a single before the early exit and is batting .265.
Jayson Werth moved to cleanup spot
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/25/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will bat fourth Thursday.
Werth has primarily been used as the team's second hitter, but the club is trying to shake things up. Werth has showed solid power this year, and may have been moved with the thought that he'll be able to drive in more runs hitting behind Bryce Harper. Stephen Lombardozzi will hit second.
Jayson Werth clubs fourth home run
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth homered for the fourth time in Wednesday's loss to St. Louis.
Werth hadn't homered and had just one extra-base hit in 13 games after homering thrice in the season's first seven games. Werth is now hitting .259/.302/.432.
Jayson Werth finally takes a walk
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com (4/15/2013) After 47 plate appearances to begin the season, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth finally registered his first walk.
Werth has shown patience over his career, typically walking in 12 percent of his plate appearances. Werth is not concerned about his aggressive approach, saying "I’m aggressive when I feel good at the plate and when I’m not as aggressive I usually don’t feel as good. It just depends."
The 34-year-old has gotten off to an encouraging start to the season after missing time with a broken wrist last year. Werth told the Washington Times he feels confident in his ability to work the count, and has not changed his approach. He added that it was important to drive up pitch counts early in the game so the team can take advantage of tired starters, or bullpen pitchers, later.
Jayson Werth launches home run No. 3
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/10/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth turned in another solid performance at the plate as he clubbed his third home run of the season during Tuesday's contest against the White Sox.
Werth took starter Jake Peavy deep in the sixth for a two-run shot. He also singled in a run in the seventh and finished 2 for 4 with a run scored and three RBI in an 8-7 victory.
Werth has a .276/.276/.621 slash line with three homers and seven RBI through his first seven games.
Jayson Werth flips on power switch
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/7/2013) Throughout spring training, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth insisted he was healthy after missing nearly three months last season with a broken left wrist. Werth appears to be regaining his power as he slugged his second homer of the season Saturday at Cincinnati -- just three shy of his total from all of last year.
"He looks great. He has really worked hard on his positioning in the batter's box," hitting coach Rick Eckstein told MLB.com Sunday. "He feels like he is in position that he can drive the baseball. He's feeling good about what he is doing and where he is. He is continuing to grow in that process. It looks like his wrist is doing great."
Jayson Werth finds power stroke in series finale
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth launched his first home run of the season during Thursday's series finale against the Marlins.
With a 3-1 lead, Werth drove a 93 mph pitch from reliever Mike Dunn beyond the visiting bullpen in left to double the Nationals' output in the seventh inning. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and two RBI in a 6-1 victory. The 33-year-old upped his average to .167 after three games.
Werth missed roughly half of the 2012 season with a broken wrist and finished with just five home runs. He is still working on regaining some of that power lost last season.
"It's yet to be seen, but I feel like I have the type of power I've had in the past," Werth told MLB.com.
Jayson Werth says wrist is holding up
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said before Thursday's game against the Marlins his surgically repaired left wrist is holding up, according to The Washington Post.
Werth has returned to using his standard bat, which is an ounce-and-a-half heavier than the model he used at the end of last year after returning from his wrist injury. He uses an even heavier bat during batting practice.
"I think we’re at the point where it’s good," Werth said. "Now we got to see how it holds up over the course of the season. Got through spring training. It progressively got better. Here we are now at the start of the season, and it feels good. The next real test real will be as it progresses through the season, how it is and how much strength I can maintain."
Jayson Werth shakes off concern
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013) Washington outfielder Jayson Werth finished 0-for-3 with a strikeout during the Nationals' 4-2 exhibition victory over the Yankees on Friday. Werth returned to action after being held out of the lineup for Thursday's game as a precautionary measure after being hit by a pitch Wednesday.
"I'm sure he's going to be fine," manager Davey Johnson told MLB.com before the game. "It's probably just the cold weather stiffening it up." Werth is expected to start in right field on opening day.
Jayson Werth out of Nationals lineup Thursday
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013)Jayson Werth is out of the Nationals lineup Thursday after being hit by a pitch in Wednesday's game, the Washington Post reports. The injury isn't considered serious and Werth is out merely as a precautionary measure.
Werth is hitting. 327/.368/.385 in 57 spring plate appearances.
Jayson Werth checks out OK
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (3/27/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said he was fine after getting hit by a pitch on the elbow in the seventh inning of Wednesday's spring game against the Braves. Werth stayed in the game until being replaced in the top of the eighth. Werth was 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run before leaving the game. He's batting .327 (17 for 52) with one homer and six RBI in 18 spring games.
Jayson Werth 'feeling better' about wrist
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth told MLB.com that his surgically repaired left wrist has been feeling better, but he is not sure if all of his power has returned. Werth went 1 for 4 in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers and is batting .250 with a homer and three RBI this spring. He is also slugging just .344 through 11 games.
"I need to test it really well. I need to play, I need to play every day, a couple of times in a row," Werth said. "I'm feeling better about it. It's coming along. I don't know for sure where it's at."
Wrist improving for Werth
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (2/16/2013) Less than a month after telling reporters his left wrist was still not at full strength, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth said Saturday the area is much improved. Werth was sidelined for nearly three months after having surgery to repair a broken wrist he suffered in a game last May. "It's better than it was. It's actually gotten a lot better since the last time we talked. It probably has a long way to go," he told MLB.com. "It's definitely not as strong as it was, but it feels pretty good. It doesn't bother me. I feel strong. We'll see. Obviously, the numbers are going to speak for themselves as we go on here."
Werth to remain in right field
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (2/13/2013) While the November acquisition of Denard Span moved Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper out of center field, Jayson Werth has chosen to remain in right field for Washington. "I think Jayson's already decided that," manager Davey Johnson said Wednesday, per CSN Washington. "He told me early on after we made the trade, he said the perfect spot for the kid (Harper) is left field because he hasn't hit a cutoff man in two years." Johnson is also confident Werth will be able to thrive moving out of the leadoff spot. "I was happy with the job Jayson Werth did leading off for us [last season]," Johnson said. "I don't think he can do much better for somebody coming in and getting on base about 40 percent of the time. That's in the top echelon of leadoff guys. He was nursing his wrist. We'll see how he comes along this spring on the wrist. He's got good power. He's a run producer. He's also awfully good at taking a lot of pitches and getting on base, too. It might be I hit him low in the lineup because his wrist is not fully healed, but that's something we'll look at this spring."
Werth still not at full strength
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (1/26/2013) Nearly nine months after suffering a broken wrist, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth admitted Saturday the area is still not as strong as he would like, but he is not experiencing any pain, the Washington Times reports. Werth, who missed more than two months after having surgery on his left wrist last May, said the total recovery time to regain full strength was estimated at 18 months after the procedure. "Ive been told itll come back, it just takes time," Werth said. "The power numbers werent obviously there last year, and hopefully itll be good this year. They say 18 months (for a full recovery) which would put us past the season, so well see. I feel confident that I can play at a high level without a wrist thats 100 percent. I felt I played pretty good when I came back. I feel if I can play at that level at least, if not better."