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Werth’s target since he broke his wrist sliding for a fly ball has been late July or early August, and Johnson said that has not changed. Johnson said Werth looks to be in good shape running in the outfield, but he still feels aggravation when he tries to swing.

“I would think he’s not going to do too much swinging until after the all-star break,” Johnson said.

Werth’s return could deliver some drama. The Nationals play the Phillies in a series from July 31 to Aug. 2, right around the time he could return, at Nationals Park. The day after he broke his wrist, Werth vowed Phillies’ fans would never celebrate another championship after taunting his injury.