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By Mike Fiammetta / MLB.com
WASHINGTON — Jayson Werth exited Saturday’s 10-9 loss to the Cardinals prior to the ninth inning with a hamstring cramp.
With the score tied 9-9 as the Nationals took the field, Eury Perez — called up earlier in the day as rosters expanded to 40 players– made his Major League-debut in center field as Werth remained in the dugout. Werth finished the game 1-for-5 with one run scored and two strikeouts, lowering his batting average to .313.
Perez never got to bat, though he did field a fly ball for the final out of the ninth.
“It just felt intelligent not to play any longer, so [manager Davey Johnson] took me out,” Werth said. “It’s been a long time since I’ve cramped up during a game, so hopefully it’ll be nothing and I’ll be back by [Sunday], but we’ll see. I don’t think it’s too serious, though.”
Werth added it’s been “four or five years” since he’s cramped up during a game, but Johnson confirmed the issue wasn’t anything serious.
“He was cramping real bad,” he said. “He didn’t pull nothing, so he should be OK.”
By Mike Fiammetta / MLB.com
WASHINGTON — All of a sudden, Bryce Harper is heating up.
After seeing his batting average dip to .250 during the Nationals’ five-game road trip last week, the young center fielder is 5-for-14 (.357) with three home runs and six RBI over his last three games. Harper’s struggles had magnified his recent displays of emotion on the field, most recently his 9th-inning ejection on Wednesday after slamming his helmet into the ground following a double play.
Thursday night in the series-opening 8-1 win over the Cardinals, Harper hit his 15th home run of the season in the first inning of a 2-for-3 day at the plate. He nearly added another dinger in the third, sending Jon Jay leaping into the center-field wall before hauling in a deep fly ball.
“I’m just trying to stay within myself,” Harper said. “I’m just trying to use my hands and work up there, see some pitches and get the pitch I can drive.”
After batting .282 in the first half of the season, Harper has seen an increasing amount of outside and off-speed pitches aimed at forcing the rookie out of his comfort zone. Given his outbursts on the field, common thought suggested that Harper’s struggles at the plate were indeed making him over-extend himself at the plate.
“He’s all in all the time,” manager Davey Johnson said. “But he’s gotten a little calmer with his lower half. He can get real aggressive with his lower half, and he’s calmed down quite a bit. That’s when you get antsy, and that doesn’t help your swing.”
Harper has also benefited from the return of Jayson Werth, who has looked very comfortable batting in the leadoff spot. When batting first in the lineup this season, Werth is batting .350 with a .797 OPS (.350 on-base percentage, .447 slugging.) For the season, Werth is boasting a .825 OPS (.384 on-base percentage, .441 slugging).
“I really like guys that can get on base and also produce runs,” Johnson said of Werth and Harper atop his lineup. “Both can run, both basically make [opposing pitchers] throw it over. It’s great.”
While Harper denied seeing a change in how opposing pitchers have attacked him — both during his recent hot streak and with Werth batting in front of him — he did admit to benefiting from Werth’s patient, productive presence.
“I think having Werth hit in front of me just gets me going and he sets the tone,” Harper said. “It just calms down and just lets me go up and there just swing it.”
A few quick updates from AT&T Park…
-The Nationals have a potential return date set for shortstop Ian Desmond, and it’s a bit sooner than expected. Washington’s All-Star shortstop will be activated for Friday’s series opener against the Mets, provided he gets through his full pregame workouts Tuesday and Wednesday and a simulated game Thursday without incident.
“I plan on, unless Mike Rizzo ties my hand behind my back, activating him. So I’ll keep my fingers crossed,” Nats manager Davey Johnson said. “He’s a horse. I want him back. We all want him back.”
-Jayson Werth is back in the Nats’ starting lineup. Werth reported to AT&T Park with his right ankle feeling much better than it did yesterday, when he was a late scratch from the lineup.
-Michael Morse, meanwhile, was held out of the lineup with a jammed right thumb, which caused him to leave last night’s game early. Johnson hoped to have him back for Wednesday’s series finale, assuming he’s in full health by then, but mentioned that he might not return until Friday.
-Desmond’s sim game on Thursday will be pitched by Chien-Ming Wang, who was recently pulled off his rehab assignment. If he looks fine there, Wang will “more than likely” restart his rehab assignment, Johnson said.
-Speaking of players who will likely join the Nats roster in September, Johnson said Anthony Rendon, promoted earlier today to Double-A Harrisburg, could be a candidate to be called up once the active rosters expand.
“He might be. We’ll see how he finishes up,” Johnson said. “This is the year of the young guys all around baseball, and he’s another one right in that mold.”
As for tonight’s lineups…
Danny Espinosa SS
Bryce Harper CF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Jayson Werth RF
Adam LaRoche 1B
Tyler Moore LF
Jesus Flores C
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Jordan Zimmermann RHP
Angel Pagan CF
Marco Scutaro 2B
Melky Cabrera LF
Buster Posey C
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Hunter Pence RF
Brandon Belt 1B
Brandon Crawford SS
Madison Bumgarner LHP
-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…
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
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.”