Aug 9, 2012; Houston, TX; USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) pitches against the Houston Astros during the first inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE
Both the Washington Times' Amanda Comak and the Washington Post's Adam Kilgore reported via Twitter this afternoon the Jayson Werth had arrived at AT&T Park for game two of three with the San Francisco Giants sans protective boot, having apparently received good news from the MRI on the bothersome right ankle that led to him being scratched from the Nats' lineup before last night's series opener. "MRI revealed nothing serious, as he expected," the WaPost's Mr. Kilgore wrote, and he quoted Werth explaining that, "'If this is spring training, it's not a big deal.'" Both Werth and Nats' skipper Davey Johnson said last night that it was something Werth's dealt with before and Johnson told reporters last night, " I didn't want to play him today [hoping] that he'd be okay to go [Tuesday] because I'd like him to play [Tuesday]." Werth's in the lineup for tonight's game against the Giants and left-hander Madison Bumgarner:
Davey's Lineup-Tue @ SFG/G117: Espinosa ss, Harper cf, Zimmerman 3b, Werth rf, LaRoche 1b, Moore lf, Flores c, Lombardozzi 2b, Zimm'nn rhp.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) August 14, 2012
So Werth's back, but not Michael Morse. The Nats' slugger reportedly jammed his thumb and had some issues with swelling. Davey Johnson didn't seem too concerned when he talked to reporters about Morse, but the outfielder's not starting tonight as Jordan Zimmermann makes his 24th start of 2012. After Giants' right-hander Ryan Vogelsong got knocked around last night, the Nats' 26-year-old right-hander starts tonight's game with the NL's lowest and MLB's second-lowest ERA...