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Jayson Werth starting in center field for Nationals after three months on DL

Aug 2, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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Jayson Werth is off the disabled list and back in the Nationals’ lineup tonight, nearly three months after breaking his wrist on May 6. And he’s starting in center field for the first time since September of last season, as manager Davey Johnson has decided to play him there rather than Bryce Harper.

Werth was having a nice bounceback season before the injury, hitting .276 with three homers and an .810 OPS in 27 games. He played nine games on a minor-league rehab assignment, going 8-for-27 (.296) with three doubles, eight walks, and an .865 OPS, which convinced the Nationals to activate him a day earlier than scheduled.

Washington’s outfield is now Michael Morse, Werth, and Harper, and it’s interesting that Werth gets the nod in center field tonight given that Harper has started 39 games in center field this season.

  1. deathmonkey41 - Aug 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Someone’s gotta light up a doobie!

  2. chew1985 - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I’m not sure that .276 with 3 homers in 27 games constitutes a “nice bounceback season for a guy who makes nearly $100,000 a day every day of the season.

    The Nats REALLY, REALLY overpaid for this guy. He’s a very good ballplayer but not THAT good.

    • gmsalpha - Aug 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      So what you’re trying to say is….he’s not Werth the money?

      I couldn’t resist.

    • delchef9 - Aug 2, 2012 at 10:05 PM

      Thats actually pretty good #’s for Jason!!!

    • kkolchak - Aug 3, 2012 at 6:46 AM

      The Werth signing was the Nats’ way of letting the rest of baseball know that the cheapskate days were over and they were serious about competing. It was the price their owners had to pay for putting such a crappy product on the field for their first five years at the helm.

      I’m just glad he’s back. He may be overpaid, but he’s still a good ballplayer and his return finally stabilizes their outfield situation.

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