Jayson Werth going for MRI, hopes to play Tuesday


(Carolyn Kaster/AP)

The Nationals scratched Werth about 45 minutes before first pitch Monday night with tenderness in his right ankle. The ailment has hindered Werth for years, typically springing up during spring training. For Werth, who returned Aug. 2 after he missed three months with a broken wrist, the season feels like spring training to his body.

“I don’t think it’s serious,” Werth said. “I’ve had the exact same thing. It’s usually a couple days.”

Whether Werth plays or not on Tuesday, “it’ll probably be up to Davey” Johnson, Werth said after a 14-2 romp. “My gut is I’ll probably be able to play. I don’t know if I’ll play or not. No big deal. Hell, they don’t need me anyways.”

Werth had the same nagging injury in the spring. He has dealt with it before in his career, too, with it typically fading away quickly. Werth pinch-hit Sunday in the ninth inning, and when he ran out a groundball, “he got a little twang in there,” Johnson said. Werth limped after he sprinted through the base.

“Well, I’m concerned,” Johnson said. “He’s been playing great. Hopefully it’s something that in a day or so it’s fine. I didn’t want to play him today hopefully that he can play tomorrow.

“He has no reason why it crops up. He has a history of it, and it’s always in the spring and it goes away and it never bothers him again. He relates everything to what happened in the past.”

Michael Morse left Monday’s game in the fifth inning with minor swelling in his right thumb. Morse was jammed during batting practice – he said the sunset at AT&T makes it hard to see the ball – and the soreness lingered. But he probably would have stayed in had the Nationals not blown out the Giants. He said he’s totally fine, and he will not go for any tests.

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.

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