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Right fielder Jayson Werth was out of the lineup Wednesday with a sore right knee, Manager Matt Williams said. Werth has played in the Nationals’ last 17 games, after an especially active game in right field Tuesday night, Williams wanted to give him two days off combined with Thursday’s scheduled off day.

“He’s had a little barky knee coming out of the break,” Williams said. “The series against Milwaukee, it was hurting him a little bit. Last night, he had an extraordinary game. He came in after the game last night pretty sore. He texted me early this morning and said he woke feeling pretty bad.”

Both Williams and Werth do not consider the knee soreness an injury, and he should return Friday in Cincinnati.

“He’s available, certainly,” Williams said. “It’s nothing big. We thought if we can look at giving him two days in a row off, maybe it will calm down a  little bit. I think it’s fine. It’s just barking in him.”

Scott Hairston took Werth’s place in the lineup, playing left, and Bryce Harper shifted to right field. Here’s the full lineup.


1. Denard Span, CF

2. Scott Hairston, LF

3. Anthony Rendon, 3B

4. Adam LaRoche, 1B

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Bryce Harper, LF

7. Danny Espinosa, 2B

8. Jose Lobaton, C

9. Stephen Strasburg, SP


1. Charlie Blackmon, RF

2. Josh Rutledge, SS

3. Corey Dickerson, LF

4. Nolan Arenado, 3B

5. Ben Paulsen, 1B

6. Drew Stubbs, CF

7. Michael McKenry, C

8. DJ LeMahieu, 2B

9. Jorge De La Rosa SP