Jayson Werth is out of today’s lineup, but not because there is anything wrong with him from an injury standpoint. Werth said he’s perfectly fine physically. Manager Jim Riggleman wanted to give Werth two consecutive days off, counting tomorrow’s off day before the Nationals begin a three-game series in Atlanta on Tuesday.
Werth’s day off probably has something, if not quite a bit, to do with his history against Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez, against whom he is 2 for 22 with 15 strikeouts. Twenty-two at-bats may be a small sample size, but 15 strikeouts over that span is saying something.
Werth said he will be available to pinch-hit or enter the game as a defensive replacement. On the first five games of this road trip, Werth is 3 for 16 with four walks, two steals, four strikeouts and two sacrifice flies.