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Washington Nationals' Thursday Afternoon Lineup vs Detroit Tigers: No Jayson Werth; Davey Johnson Updates On Werth's Condition

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Washington Nationals' manager Davey Johnson told reporters last night that team doctors thought it was a stomach ailment delaying Jayson Werth's recovery from a hamstring issue that has kept him out of the lineup recently. The Nats' skipper updated reporters on Werth's recovery after today's lineup was announced.

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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:

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:

Did I mention that today's game is at 4:05 pm EST? Who's Watching The Nationals?