Jayson Werth out with sore ankle, hamstring; hopes to return Wednesday


Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth fouled a ball off his ankle Monday night — one reason why he missed Tuesday’s game. (Kevin Liles/Getty Images)

Jayson Werth wasn’t in Tuesday’s lineup after experiencing right hamstring cramping the previous night and then fouling a ball off his left ankle in the eighth inning of Monday’s game. Werth wanted to play and tried convincing Manager Davey Johnson, but Johnson wouldn’t allow it.

“I’m auditioning for tomorrow,” Werth said. Added Johnson: “I’d rather [Werth] miss this game than a week.”

Werth said he couldn’t get it fully loose before the game, then the hamstring tightened up during the 3-2 loss. Before his eighth-inning at-bat, he told Johnson he would need a runner if he reached base. Then Werth hit a foul ball off his ankle and hobbled around. He finished the at-bat but was replaced in the field the following inning.

Werth said his ankle, which was taped Tuesday, felt worse than his hamstring, and was still sore. He walked gingerly on it earlier in the day but it loosened up as the day went on. Before Tuesday’s game, he hadn’t received any tests for either but insisted that both were minor nicks. “I don’t think it’ll be a big deal,” he said.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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