Jayson Werth still nursing injuries; Stephen Strasburg’s clean bullpen session


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Jayson Werth’s sore left ankle was still swollen on Wednesday afternoon, two days after he fouled a ball off it in the eighth inning of Monday’s game, and was held out of the lineup for the second straight game. He is also dealing with a tight right hamstring.

Werth said he is more affected by his ankle. He jogged on it some on Tuesday and hadn’t done anything to test it out on Wednesday afternoon. He planned to later in the day. He also said he would receive an X-ray on it closer to the start of the game —  “just for fun.”

“You don’t get the sense it’s broke or there’s something structurally wrong with it,” he said. “But after two days, you run out of things to do. You can only ice for so long.”

Werth said the doctor told him he hit a sensitive area of the ankle filled with nerves, but narrowly missed a more serious injury on the tendon or vein. He wouldn’t be available to pinch hit Wednesday.

Manager Davey Johnson is careful with hamstring injuries and wants to rest Werth two days, and even perhaps Thursday, too. “I don’t want him to go down right when Ryan [Zimmerman] comes back,” he said. “I’m gonna be cautious on that.”

Meantime, Stephen Strasburg threw a clean bullpen session Wednesday afternoon before the game. As expected, he will make his next scheduled start on Saturday against in Pittsburgh. Strasburg dealt with forearm irritation, originally called tightness, during his start on Monday that caused a scare.

“He had a great bullpen,” Johnson said. “Didn’t have any discomfort so [pitching coach Steve McCatty] was real pleased and I think Stras, as hard as he is to please himself, I think he was pretty pleased, too.”

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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