“He’s swimming and doing all core work and stuff to try to stay in best shape he can when he comes back,” Baker said, indicating that Werth had not yet resumed those always nebulous baseball activities. Werth has been out since June 4 with a left foot contusion suffered at Oakland.
In the other injury news, Baker had not yet heard the latest on closer Koda Glover’s status. Glover has been out since June 11 with lower back stiffness. He would be eligible to return this week, though the chances of that seem low. Glover did not travel with the Nationals on this road trip, and at last check, which came last week in D.C., he was still experiencing back pain. Baker did not know for sure whether Glover has been able to throw since the Nationals have been on the road.
Meanwhile, Shawn Kelley, who landed on the disabled list last weekend with neck stiffness, is with the team in Miami. He spent the hours before Monday’s series opener with the Marlins working out with Max Scherzer, almost keeping up with Scherzer’s legendary and infamous running regime.