Werth stays in after fouling pitch off leg

By Daniel Popper

WASHINGTON — In the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday against the D-backs, Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth fouled a 3-2 slider from left-hander Wade Miley off his left shin bone. Werth collapsed in a heap near home plate and rested there for around 10 seconds before rising to one knee.

Manager Matt Williams and assistant trainer Steve Gober jogged onto the field to check on the right-handed slugger as he rose to his feet. Werth remained in the game and drew a walk in the at-bat.

“He’s good. It was right off the shin bone” Williams said. “That’s a stinger that gets you for a little while, but he’s okay. It will be a little sore tomorrow, I’m sure. No issues.”

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