On a night that saw the Washington Nationals lose a brutal 7-6 decision (in 10 innings) to the Atlanta Braves, their roster took a bit of a hit as veteran outfielder Jayson Werth exited the game with a reported groin issue.
#Nats Manager Matt Williams said Jayson Werth left tonight’s game with a tight groin. He will be reevaluated on Saturday.
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 12, 2014
While the actual timing of the injury wasn’t apparent to outsiders, Werth was pulled from the game in the bottom of the 10th, as Matt Williams shifted Bryce Harper to right field and inserted Tyler Moore in left field. Prior to his exit, Werth went 1-for-5 with a run scored and 2 strikeouts in the game, and on the season, the 34-year-old outfielder has been incredibly effective, posting a .351/.455/.568 slash line with 2 home runs in just 44 plate appearances.
At this point, the extent of Werth’s injury is unknown, but because it wasn’t a visible incident that caused him to exit, the safer bet is likely that he just tweaked something in a relatively minor way. It will be interesting to see if Werth is in the lineup on Saturday night, but unless this is a long-term injury, the Nationals should be able to cushion the blow of his loss.