Jayson Werth was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup against the Rockies on Saturday because of flu-like symptoms, according to Manager Davey Johnson. Werth stayed inside the clubhouse during the 7-1 loss and told Johnson that he had been feeling under the weather.
Before the game, Werth’s scratch led to speculation about any potential aggravation of the outfielder’s previous injuries. He missed 28 games earlier this season with a strained hamstring. Since his return on June 4, he is hitting .250/.318/.433, but went 0 for 7 with five strikeouts in the past two games. In recent days, Werth had been working with physical therapist Keith Pyne, who has worked with him in the past.
Since the start of 2012, Werth has missed 114 games due to injury, the majority of those last season after he broke his wrist diving for a ball. It’s unclear how long Werth will be out after missing Saturday’s game. Steve Lombardozzi started in left field and Roger Bernadina, originally slated to play left, shifted to right.