Nationals injury updates: Tom Gorzelanny, Jayson Werth, Jerry Hairston

A lot of injury notes from the Nationals’ clubhouse. A few more quick ones here :

>>> Tom Gorzelanny will begin a rehab assignment by starting a minor league game Monday, most likely at Class A Potomac. Manager Jim Riggleman said Gorzelanny is feeling better, but he obviously will not be able to pitch his next time through in the rotation, which comes Tuesday.

Riggleman plans on giving Yunesky Maya another start Tuesday, and “I don’t think anything is going to change that,” he said. Maya was outstanding Wednesday, allowing one earned run in six innings while throwing just 67 pitches.

>>> Jayson Werth said he does not feel 100 percent, but his ankle has improved to the point that he’s back in the lineup. Werth jammed his right ankle while tripping over the pitcher’s mound in foul territory at AT&T Park on Monday, and he did not start either Tuesday or Wednesday.

>>> Jerry Hairston remains out after suffering back spasms Tuesday, but he is feeling better. “Yeah,” he said. “I can breathe now.” Hairston isn’t starting, but “I could tonight if needed” off the bench, Hairston said.

>>> Doug Slaten, on the disabled list with irritation in his ulnar nerve, is still just resting, Riggleman said.

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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