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Jayson Werth’s first rehab game pushed back to Saturday

Jul 20, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

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Jayson Werth was originally scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment with High-A Potomac this evening. However, Mark Zuckerman of passes along word that the Nationals decided to scratch him due to a combination of the poor weather and some stiffness in his surgically-repaired left wrist.

It’s not a major concern at this time, as Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that the stiffness was expected and that Werth should be good to go tomorrow instead.

“That’s a good sign,” Johnson said. “He said he pushed it to the point where it got a little stiff. And he said once you get that, you’re good to go. He said he heated it up a little in here and did a few exercises and felt great. So he’s going tomorrow. No biggie.”

Werth has been sidelined since breaking his wrist while trying to make a sliding catch on May 6 against the Phillies. Barring any setbacks, he figures to rejoin the Nationals’ lineup in the early part of August, which should push left fielder Steve Lombardozzi back into a super-utility role.

Werth, who is in the second year of a seven-year, $126 million contract, was hitting .276 with three homers, 12 RBI and an .810 OPS in 27 games prior to the injury.

  1. randygnyc - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    I’d like to see him return to MLB, NEVER!!

    • js20011041 - Jul 20, 2012 at 10:28 PM

      Yeah, you’re right. The last thing MLB needs is talented ballplayers returning from injury.

  2. randygnyc - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    Has nothing to do with how talented he is. Fact remains, after swearing at the parent over a foul ball, in front of his child, I’ve felt he was unworthy of a MLB uniform. Traumatizing that child was unforgivable in my book.

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