Jayson Werth went through the motions before last night's game in Nationals Park, preparing as if he would play and testing his right shoulder to see if the cortisone shot he had in the AC joint this week and the days off would allow him to return to the lineup.
The Washington Nationals' 35-year-old outfielder did not play in last night's game, but Nats' skipper Matt Williams said afterwards that he would go through it all again today when he discussed the possibility of having Werth back in the lineup for the series finale with the PIttsburgh Pirates.
"He's okay," Williams updated reporters. "He's going to do it again tomorrow early and see how he feels. It was a little tender, so he'll get through tonight and see how he wakes up. But he did the full workout today. Hit in the cage. Went out and threw and we'll see how he is tomorrow. But a little bit tender after today, so if we have to take another day we may do that."
When the lineup for the third game of three with the Pirates was announced this afternoon, Werth's name was once again missing:
The Nats' right fielder hasn't played a game since August 10th in Atlanta, when he went 0 for 1 with three walks in the third game of three with the Braves in Turner Field. The shoulder injury he suffered on a play at the wall in Nationals Park during the last homestand finally forced him from the lineup after he'd attempted to play through the pain.
A subsequent MRI revealed no structural damage and the hope was that the cortisone shot would relieve some of the pain and inflammation.
Werth was on a tear before he suffered the injury.
In 22 second-half games before the shoulder forced him from the lineup, he put up a .282/.384/.380 line with seven doubles, 11 walks and 16 Ks in 22 games and 86 plate appearances.
Michael Taylor gets another start in right field today with Werth out.
In five games since the 23-year-old outfielder was called up from Triple-A, he's gone 2 for 14 with a home run, three walks and seven Ks. Taylor's eighth inning leadoff walk last night led to the first of four runs the Nationals scored on the way to their comeback win.