The Nationals expect Jason Werth to return on Sunday. The veteran outfielder has suffered from an inflamed AC joint and has missed seven of the Nats last eight games.
“He’s thrown, he’s run, he’s done all the other things,” manager Matt Williams said, via CSN Washington. “Today is important for him to take some swings, though, and see how he feels. The joint is feeling much better, better every day. And so today is a good test for him to get some swings in and see how he reacts to that.”
Via CSN Washington’s Nationals Insider Mark Zuckerman:
Werth was due to take a full round of batting practice in the cage underneath the stands at Nationals Park [Saturday] afternoon and otherwise participated fully in pregame activities, the first time he has done that since receiving a cortisone shot in his ailing right shoulder Tuesday.
While there was a possibility that Werth could enter the game on Saturday, he did not play in the game.
“We’ll see,” Williams said. “I think he’ll be good, though. Whether it’s available [Saturday] and [Sunday], or if it’s Monday, he should be fine.”
With the help of a cortisone shot, the July NL Player of the Month should be pain free to play. The Nationals would welcome the return of their No. 3 hitter. The skipper is comfortable in bringing him back as soon as possible.
“Unless he bangs it again, unless he does something to irritate it again, I don’t anticipate it would be something that would cost him games,” Williams said. “But you never know. If he dives, or if he goes into a wall or something, it could jar that joint a little bit. But I think it’s calmed down pretty well. He’ll be good to go.”