As we noted in the Wire Taps this morning, Washington Nationals' skipper Davey Johnson updated everyone on the condition of Nats' right fielder Jayson Werth's bothersome hamstring after last night's win over the Detroit Tigers:
"I got a little report on Jayson Werth," Johnson said, "He -- I'm not really sure, but tomorrow he's going to have an MRI on his hamstring. But I actually think, from talking to him, that he's got some stomach virus that's causing him to get dehydrated. When he gets dehydrated, he starts, the muscles start, spasming. I'm kind of hearing him talk about it because he ran pretty good today. When he finished running, he started getting some spasms, muscle spasms. So he was obviously getting dehydrated. So tomorrow he's going to see, I guess, an internist and also have his hamstring MRI'd. But I have a good feeling if they can get rid of the bug, he'll be alright."
Johnson provided further updates on the Nats' 33-year-old outfielder this afternoon when he met with reporters before the second game of two with the Tigers, which takes place at 4:05 pm EST, I repeat 4:05 pm EST:
Davey says Jayson Werth's MRI results on hammy were "pretty negative" (as in good) but awaiting doc's final word. Still believes not DL case— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) May 9, 2013
Jayson Werth was put on an antibiotic for his stomach issue. All signs point to MRI coming back clean, but waiting for doc to read closely.— Amanda Comak (@acomak) May 9, 2013
Davey says Jayson Werth's MRI looked OK to doctors at first glance. Werth's on antibiotics, should be "good to go soon," per Davey— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) May 9, 2013
So Werth is sitting again today. Davey Johnson hinted during last night's press conference how the lineup would look without Werth when the Nats take the field behind Dan Haren for the second of two with the Tigers. Johnson talked about moving Ian Desmond out of the two-hole where he's hit in Werth's absence. "Tomorrow, I'm going to try to go get [Desmond] back in his regular spot and probably play [Roger] Bernadina tomorrow." When today's lineup was released that's what the Nats' skipper did. The Shark is in the two-hole and Desmond's back hitting sixth:
#Nationals lineup vs. DET: Span 8, Bernadina 7, Harper 9, Zimmerman 5, LaRoche 3, Desmond 6, Espinosa 4, Ramos 2, Haren 1— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) May 9, 2013
Did I mention that today's game is at 4:05 pm EST? Who's Watching The Nationals?