An unfamiliar, bearded face joined the Nationals during batting practice today: Jayson Werth jogged out to right field for a brief workout, his most extensive rehab – at least in public view – since he broke his left wrist May 6.
Werth stretched with strength coach Jon Philbin, then played catch with Chad Tracy, who is rehabbing from groin surgery. Werth only threw, though – he squeezed a grip-strengthening device while Philbin caught Tracy’s throws.
In other injury matters, closer Drew Storen will throw live batting practice tomorrow, his first time facing hitters since undergoing surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. “It’s all on track where it should be,” Storen said.
Utility man Mark DeRosa will begin a rehab assignment tonight at Class A Potomac. He’ll start and play third base. DeRosa, who struggled through April, has been on the disabled list since April 28.
>>> Adam LaRoche is out of the lineup today in favor of Tyler Moore, but both LaRoche and Manager Davey Johnson said LaRoche is fine. LaRoche had a large bag of ice strapped to his side last night, but it is not reason for concern.
“Twenty-five guys got to get right,” Johnson said. “I’m trying to get something going with [Xavier] Nady.”
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