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"His wrist is feeling good and he's being more aggressive and I like that," Davey Johnson explained, "He'll get his walks, I'm not worried about that. And he's got good hand-eye coordination, he puts the bat on the ball -- I don't care what you throw him -- breaking ball or whatever. He's going to put it in play." While the Nationals' skipper has worked with several of Jayson Werth's teammates to help refine their approaches at the plate, he admitted that Werth was doing this on his own. "He's on his own path," the 70-year-old skipper laughed.
"Since he came off the DL, he's been the best player in baseball." -- Zimmerman on Werth— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) August 30, 2013
Whatever adjustments Werth made after his first two seasons in D.C., the results have been impressive. A DL stint for a hamstring injury cost him over a month in May, but upon returning, he remained locked in at the plate. He's not the only one going now. The Nationals' offense, which Davey Johnson's waited for all season, is finally starting to come around. Johnson saw it coming a few weeks back and said it was Werth leading the charge.
Jayson Werth: "There's plenty of time. There's plenty of time to do a crazy thing." #NationalsTalk— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) August 30, 2013
"I sense that we're, overall as a team, we're a little more aggressive trom top-to-bottom and that's always been the key I think here," he said after a win over Werth's former employer earlier this month. And the guy that's most aggressive, any time in the count now, and prides himself on taking a lot of pitches, is Jayson Werth. I mean, he's hit first pitches and smoked them, but he's been kind of a shining example of how we need to hit."
As for what's changed in Werth's approach since his first two seasons in the nation's capital, which saw him post a combined .256/.349/.407 line, Johnson explained that it's a combination of finally being healthy and breaking what the manager saw as some bad habits...
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