Werth’s absence means his season against the Phillies, his former team, is probably over. Werth hit .228/.258/.333 with one home run and three doubles in 15 games.

Manager Davey Johnson hopes Werth will be ready to play this weekend at home against the Braves, “because we want to be spoilers.”

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.