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Right fielder Jayson Werth was scratched from the Nationals’ lineup for an unspecified reason. Starting in early May, Werth missed 28 games with a strained hamstring, which has at times kept him running at full speed since he returned June 4.

In recent days, Werth had been working with physical therapist Dr. Keith Pyne, a doctor Werth has dealt with closely in the past and who is now on the Nationals’ payroll. Johnson believed Werth’s hamstring has not been acting up – “No, I think he’s alright there,” he said – but was unclear when asked what body part Werth was receiving treatment on.

“Every part,” Johnson said. “I’d like to see them going up here, too.” Johnson moved his hand above his to head, laughing, then continued. “It’s no secret I think this game’s 90 percent mental. Anything you do in life, if you have the right mental approach to it. It’s easier. I like to see good mental approaches and good, positive attitudes. That’s the root of success in any business. Really, in baseball, you can talk yourself into a good hitting streak.”

After a strong series in Philadelphia, Werth has gone 0 for 7 with five strikeouts the past two nights. Since he came off the disabled list, Werth is hitting .250/.318/.433. Since the start of 2012, Werth has missed 114 games due to injury, the majority of those coming when he broke his wrist diving for a ball.

Steve Lombardozzi replaced Werth in the lineup and will play left field. Roger Bernadina, originally penciled in as the left fielder, will play right.

Here are the full lineups.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Anthony Rendon, 2B

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Roger Bernadina, RF

7. Steve Lombardozzi, LF

8. Jhonatan Solano, C

9. Dan Haren, SP


1. Dexter Fowler, CF

2. DJ LeMathieu, 2B

3. Carlos Gonzalez, LF

4. Michael Cuddyer, 1B

5. Wilin Rosario, C

6. Corey Dickerson, RF

7. Nolan Arenado, 3B

8. Josh Rutledge, SS

9. Jhoulys Chacin, SP