Jayson Werth left Tuesday night’s 2-0 Nationals loss to the Diamondbacks with a mild groin strain, which he suffered chasing Ian Kennedy’s single to right in the fifth inning. Werth remained in the game until the ninth, when Brian Bixler replaced him.
Werth called his removal “more precautionary, probably, than anything” and was not concerned about missing extended time. Manager Davey Johnson said he will check with Werth before the game to determine if he will play Wednesday night.
“It could just be like a muscle spasm. We’ll see tomorrow. I don’t think it should be a big deal. Whether Davey wants to play me tomorrow or not, I don’t know. . . . I don’t think it’s anything to worry about.”
Werth has dealt with minor groin injuries in the past, he said, but none that have landed him on the disabled list. He has dealt with a few nagging injuries this season, including a sprained ankle in San Francisco that shelved him for two games, but nothing out of the ordinary.
“You get dinged up,” Werth said. “You get strains and sprains over the course of the season. I feel like I’ve been pretty fortunate most of the year. You dinged up. That’s just part of it. I don’t think it’s anything that should keep me out that long.”
Werth suffered the groin strain just as he was breaking his season-long funk. After going 2 for 4 Tuesday, Werth is hitting .276/.366/.457 since the all-star break. He’s also 9 for his last 25, including a three-run homer Monday.