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Game 114: Nationals at D-backs

Adam Berry here, pinch-hitting for Bill Ladson. For more news and notes and in-game updates, check out and follow me on Twitter @adamdberry.

-Nats manager Davey Johnson told us last night that Bryce Harper would be out of tonight’s lineup, and indeed he has the day off. Johnson wanted to get Tyler Moore a start against Arizona lefty Wade Miley, so the outfield will be Moore-Werth-Morse tonight. Harper will be back in the lineup Sunday.

-Werth is leading off tonight. He’s batting .400/.500/.500 in nine games since coming off the disabled list, and the Nats haven’t lost a game he’s played in. His overall batting line this season is .305/.403/.453, and Johnson said the biggest change in his approach is that he’s willing to use every part of the field after trying too hard to always go to the opposite field last season.

“He’s attacking the ball. He’s much more of a threat. I like his swing better this year. Everything about him has been great,” Johnson said. “Everybody in the lineup now is swinging like I know they’re capable of doing. That’s why it’s fun to watch this team now. We’ve got a chance to score some runs.”

-In other news, Ian Desmond was scheduled to take his first swings in the cage since hitting the DL with a torn left oblique. He’s still scheduled to come back in late August or early September. Johnson wants the Nats’ medical staff to play it as safe as possible with Desmond, but he’s certainly eager to have him back in the lineup.

“When that man’s ready, I want him back,” Johnson said. “Arguably he’s been the most dynamic player this year.”

Here are tonight’s lineups…

Nationals (70-43)
Jayson Werth CF
Danny Espinosa SS
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Michael Morse RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Tyler Moore LF
Jesus Flores C
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Edwin Jackson RHP

D-backs (57-56)
Stephen Drew SS
Aaron Hill 2B
Jason Kubel LF
Paul Goldschmidt 1B
Justin Upton RF
Miguel Montero C
Chris Johnson 3B
Gerardo Parra CF
Wade Miley LHP

Harper: Having Werth as mentor has been ‘huge’

Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper said recently that he missed his mentor, outfielder Jayson Werth, who is currently on the disabled list with a broken left wrist.

Harper said Werth has been the guy who showed him the ropes ever since Harper’s first Spring Training in 2011. In fact, after he was called up to the big leagues on April 28th of this year, Harper remembered that Werth was the guy who made him feel welcomed.

“J-Dub has been in this game for a long time and ever since the first day of Spring Training in my first year, he has always helped me out,” Harper said. “He has been there for me. Anything that I ever needed, [he was there].

“When I went into L.A. inside the locker room, Werth was sitting there. He really took me under his wing and he said, ‘Follow me, let’s get this thing done.’ He has taught me a lot about running the bases, playing the outfield, hitting and what pitchers do. Just a lot of things rookies need to learn. He has been there since day 1. .. He wants what’s best for the whole team. He tries to help everybody on this club. It has been huge to have him.”

Harper said Werth will text him once in a while to go over what Harper did during a game, whether it’s getting thrown out while running the bases or how he felt at the plate during a particular night.

“To have him be here for me anytime I need him is great,” Harper said.

Nats’ Johnson concerned about offense

Although the Nationals won their 44 game of the season Tuesday night, manager Davey Johnson is concerned about the offense.

It’s more than just the .233 batting average that bothers Johnson. The team is below average when it comes to runners in scoring position. During Tuesday’s game against the Cubs, for example, Washington went 2-for-11.

However, Johnson remains hopeful that the team will break out of its slump.

“It’s almost like there is a little pressure going through [the players] and they can’t quite get it off them,” Johnson said. “I’m a positive manager. Good things are coming. We are winning games when we are not running on all cylinders. It makes it interesting.”

One of the players who is not running on all cylinders at the plate is right fielder Jayson Werth, who went 0-for4 with two strikeouts and has seen his batting average go down to .221. Johnson acknowledged after the game that Werth has hit rock bottom at the plate.

“I think he has bottomed out,” Johnson said about Werth. “I thought he was in a good frame of mind during the last two to three days. I think he is comfortable. I think earlier in the year, he played mentor a little more than he needed to for some of the young guys. But he is a heck of a ballplayer and I know he is going to start doing things that he is capable of doing.”

Werth leaves Sunday’s game with wrist injury

Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth had to leave Sunday’s game against the Pirates after being hit by a pitch on the left wrist. He is listed as day-to-day.

With the Nationals losing 9-2, Werth led off the sixth inning and was behind in the count, 1-2, when he struck by the pitch thrown by right-hander Kevin Correia.

Werth slammed his bat to the ground and walked to first base before he was taken out of the game in favor of Brian Bixler.

Werth is having one of the worst seasons of his career, hitting .223 with 10 home runs and 27 RBIs.

Nationals react to revamped lineup

The Nationals are last in the Major Leagues in offense, so manager Jim Riggleman decided to revamp the lineup before the team’s 2-1 victory over the Padres on Saturday.

Outfielder Jayson Werth hit leadoff, pitcher John Lannan hit eighth followed by left fielder Brian Bixler.

Only Bixler did anything worth talking about, going 2-for-2 with a walk. Werth and Lannan went a combined 0-for-6.

Shortstop Ian Desmond thought Riggleman made a great decision because the team needs to score runs.

“That’s a great idea. That’s unbelievable managing. Bixler plays nine innings, has a great game, runs the bases well,” Desmond said. “We have been looking for a leadoff hitter. If you take the contract away and just think about the baseball player, Jayson actually fits there pretty well. He is a smart base runner, he steals bases, he gets on base, he sees a lot of pitches. It’s nice to have him up there.”

Lannan didn’t know he was batting eighth until he arrived at the ballpark. Before the game, Lannan was hitless in 23 at-bats.

“It was different, but it worked,” he said. “At first, I just heard that Werth was leading off and then I found out I was batting eighth and I said, ‘OK, that’s different.’ But it worked out.”

The last time Werth hit leadoff was June 2, 2010 against the Braves. Before Saturday’s lineup was announced, the leadoff spot had been a disaster this season, hitting .209 with a .267 on-base percentage entering Saturday’s action.

“I feel comfortable hitting anywhere in the lineup,” Werth said before the game. “We need to freshen up the lineup with [Ryan Zimmerman] not being here. We try to mix it up a little bit and see if we can put up a bunch of crooked numbers. You are only leading off the first time.”

Werth most likely will lead off again against the Padres on Sunday, but Riggleman seemed to have doubts that right-hander Jordan Zimmermann would bat eighth. The Nationals will face right-hander Tim Stauffer.

“I’m not sure what we will do tomorrow. It’s different against the righty,” Riggleman said. “It will be a little different on how we will put it together. We are thinking ahead to getting Zim [Ryan Zimmerman] back next week. We’ll thinking about how we’ll put it together with him, too. I’m going to give it some thought tonight.”

Hairston, Werth injured, listed as day to day

Nationals third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. left Tuesday’s 2-1 victory against the Giants with lower-back spasms. He is listed as day to day.

In the fifth inning, Hairston was in the batter’s box and in pain while swinging the bat. After walking to load the bases, Hairston left the game and was seen walking gingerly into the clubhouse.

Hairston said the back problems occurred when he woke up Tuesday morning. He went to AT&T Park early to get treatment, but his back stiffened up by the middle of the game.

“I must have slept on my back wrong. I woke up pretty stiff. I tried to loosen it. I just couldn’t do it,” Hairston said. “During the game, it got worse and worse.”

Hairston most likely will not play against the Giants on Wednesday afternoon. He hopes to be in the lineup when the Nationals play the Padres on Thursday at Petco Park.

In the other news, right fielder Jayson Werth was a late scratch Tuesday night because of a right ankle injury that he hurt the previous night while chasing a ball near the bullpen mound. He, too, is listed as day to-day.

Werth was able to take batting practice and entered the game as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning. Facing reliever Javier Lopez, Werth grounded out and ran gingerly to first base.

Elbow injury forces Werth sit out Friday’s game

Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth sat out Friday’s game against D-backs after being hit on his left elbow by a pitch during Washington’s’ 6-1 victory over Arizona the previous day.

In the ninth inning, with Roger Bernadina on third and right-hander Aaron Heilman the mound, Werth was hit on a 2-0 pitch. In pain, Werth walked slowly to first as manager Jim Riggleman and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz came to Werth’s aid.

Werth stayed in the ballgame, but he was not ready to play Friday because the elbow was stiff. It didn’t help that the ball hit the ulnar nerve. The team is hoping Werth will be playing on Saturday.

“I really made the decision not to play him. He is pretty stiff,” Riggleman said. ‘That was my call. I didn’t want him to be vulnerable to another shot like that. He was hit in a bad area. He will get treatment now.”

Werth said there wasn’t a need to have an MRI on the elbow because the injury is not considered serious.

“It’s just a contusion,” Werth said. “The issue last night was that it hit the ulnar nerve, so it was like hitting your funny bone really hard. Today we are dealing with just the swelling of the impact, which doesn’t always come down so quickly. … It makes you think a little bit how remarkable Cal Ripken streak actually was.”

Nats’ Werth has injured elbow, listed as day to day

Right fielder Jayson Werth was hit on his left elbow by a pitch during the Nationals’ 6-1 victory over the D-backs on Thursday night and is listed as day to day.

In the ninth inning, with Roger Bernadina on third and right-hander Aaron Heilman the mound, Werth was hit on a 2-0 pitch. In pain, Werth walked slowly to first as manager Jim Riggleman and head athletic trainer Lee Kuntz came to Werth’s aid.

Werth stayed in the game, but Riggleman plans to check on Werth to see if he’ll be ready to play in Friday’s game against the D-backs. After Thursday’s game, Werth had an ice wrap on the elbow.

“He was able to shake it off,” Riggleman said. “I’m going to check on him tomorrow. We see how he feels when he comes in here. If it’s stiff on him, we have to make that adjustment [to the lineup].”

In 54 games, Werth is hitting .255 with eight home runs and 22 RBIs for Washington.


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