Jayson Werth returns to the Nationals’ lineup

August 25, 2013

Nationals hitters. (Alex Brandon / AP)

After a worrisome foot infection kept Jayson Werth out of the Nationals’ lineup last night, the Nationals and Werth found relief today when his right foot felt good enough for him to serve as the DH.

Werth had been taking antibiotics to quell the infection and resultant inflammation, and the condition of his foot improved enough for him to be in the lineup. Werth would likely have needed to sit if the DH spot was unavailable, so the Nationals caught a break that they’re playing in an American League park and have a day off tomorrow.

With in the DH spot, Tyler Moore will receive another start in left field. Moore has gone 11 for 21 since the Nationals recalled him from Class AAA Syracuse this week. This morning, Davey Johnson walked past Moore, who was sitting on a clubhouse couch watching the Little League World Series. “How you hanging in?” Johnson asked. Moore nodded and said he felt good. “Good. I’ll give you tomorrow off,” Johnson replied, smiling as he kept walking past.

With Werth, the major leagues’ leading hitter since the all-star break, back in the lineup, the Nationals will try to finish off their 10-game road trip with a sweep of the Royals and a sixth straight win. Dan Haren has been on a roll, putting up a 2.16 ERA since coming off the disabled list in July.

Here are the full lineups:

1. Denard Span, CF

2. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

3. Bryce Harper, RF

4. Jayson Werth, DH

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Adam LaRoche, 1B

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Tyler Moore, LF

9. Anthony Rendon, 2B

– Dan Haren, SP

Royals

1. Alex Gordon, LF

2. Emilio Bonifacio, 2B

3. Eric Hosmer, 1B

4. Billy Butler, DH

5. Mike Moustakas, 3B

6. Salvador Perez, C

7. David Lough, RF

8. Alcides Escobar, SS

9. Jarrod Dyson, CF

– Ervin Santana, SP

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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