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Posted at 06:49 PM ET, 06/19/2012

Jayson Werth could return in late July, and more Nationals injury updates


(Jonathan Newton - WASHINGTON POST)
Jayson Werth is on track to return on schedule, and perhaps sooner than expected, from the broken left wrist he suffered May 6, Manager Davey Johnson said today. Werth had planned to return in roughly 10 weeks from the injury, and Johnson said he could possibly come back in late July.

Werth will undergo an X-ray in a couple weeks to check the progress of his wrist. Werth’s surgery included the insertion of a metal plate and several screws to help the healing process. Johnson said Werth won’t begin baseball activities until after the all-star break.

“The good news is, the MASH troops are kind of coming around,” Johnson said. “It’s great, instead of seeing casts on their ankles and wrists, and tubes coming out of their stomachs. I come in there today, and everybody is walking around, in the weight room. It was nice. At about the midway point, we should have a lot of guys champing at the bit.”

Here are the rest of the Nationals’ injury updates:

>>> Utility man Mark DeRosa rejoined the Nationals today in order to go through a full workout. DeRosa, rehabbing from an oblique strain, had been with his family following the death of his father, Jack. Johnson said DeRosa will begin a rehab assignment with Class A Potomac soon.

>>> Pinch hitter Chad Tracy, on the disabled list since May 28 because of a groin strain that required surgery, played catch for the fourth day in a row today. He has also started swinging. “He’s doing better than I thought he’d be doing,” Johnson said.

Tracy said he’s “shooting for the all-star break” to begin playing in minor league rehab games. While Tracy rarely started, he has been missed – Tracy still leads the entire National League with seven pinch-hit RBIs despite not playing for three weeks.

>>> Drew Storen threw his first full bullpen session today, and he’s on pace for his hoped-for return. “The all-star break is not out of the question for him,” Johnson said.

>>> Henry Rodriguez will begin a rehab assignment tonight with Class AAA Syracuse. Johnson expects him to return to the Nationals’ bullpen within a week, but he said Rodriguez must first find his command. Rodriguez has been on the disabled list since June 7 because of a strained finger, an injury he suffered when he slammed his hand in a door.

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