Jayson Werth Back With Nationals

Jayson Werth suffered a broken wrist in May while attempting to make a sliding catch, but he's now been activated from the DL after missing almost three months.

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Jayson Werth Activated By Nationals

Just two days ago, it seemed as if Jayson Werth wouldn’t be ready to return to the major leagues until next week:

Jayson Werth will likely need to play in two to three more minor league rehab games before returning to the Nationals. Originally, the Nationals had hoped for Werth to return by the first week of August, and that still could be the case, but likely not until the end of the week.

Thursday, though, the Nats must have figured he was indeed ready:

Werth was off to a fine .276/.372/.439 start before the wrist injury that has had him sidelined since early May. He hit .296/.457/.407 in nine rehab-assignment games, though with no home runs. With a wrist injury, power could be slower to return, but he’s back, and in the Nats’ lineup Thursday night against his old team, the Phillies, batting sixth and playing center field.

For more on the Nationals, please visit Federal Baseball and SB Nation DC.

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Jayson Werth Close To Rehab Assignment

Outfielder Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals broke his wrist trying to make a catch back in May against the Phillies, and broke his left wrist. At the time, it was announced he could be out for up to 12 weeks, which would make an early-August return possible.

That timetable’s starting to look good for Werth and the Nats. Mark Zuckerman:

Werth, meanwhile, took a major step forward today when he took a full round of batting practice for the first time since breaking his left wrist on May 6. The veteran outfielder didn’t show any rust at all, at one point driving seven consecutive pitches over the fence in either left or center field.

“I was really pleasantly surprised,” manager Davey Johnson said. “I didn’t think he’d be hitting for another week, and he didn’t seem like he felt any discomfort.”

Things went so well for Werth that he requested to immediately begin a minor-league rehab assignment tomorrow, and the Nationals might oblige.

“After I saw him hit, I don’t see any reason to think differently,” Johnson said.

Zuckerman’s report indicates it could be a while before Werth is back in major-league action; the long layoff means he’d need a while to get back in shape and get his timing down, but the Nats still hope to have him back in about two weeks.

For more on the Nats, please visit Federal Baseball and SB Nation DC.

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