Jayson Werth was 36-going-on-37 this winter when he was asked about some of the doubters out there who wondered if he could still do it on an everyday basis in the majors.
He said then that he knew at some point he wouldn't be able to do it, but he still had confidence in his abilities to compete and play every day.
"At some point it's not going to be the case. It's just the reality of it. Until I feel like I can't play every day, I have no other reason to think I can't go out there and do what I've always done, so I feel good, I feel healthy.
Werth missed significant time last season after a hit-by-pitch broke his left wrist. He struggled upon returning to the lineup, putting up a .221/.302/.384 line on the year with 16 doubles and 12 home runs in 88 games and 378 plate appearances.
"The wrist thing is tricky," Werth said. "I've had three surgeries and four fractures. It's a real thing. You can't outrun Father Time.
"I know I'm at the end of my career, more so than the beginning, so I know at some point, but I don't feel like I'm slowing down any time soon."
Werth started slowly this season, with a .211/.293/.437 line in April.
On May 28th, he was at .220/.278/.378.
Nats' skipper Dusty Baker told reporters that he had faith that Werth would warm up as the weather did.
"He's an older engine and it takes longer," Baker said. "I mean, I'm convinced of that. It takes longer to get your act together, but once you get it then you keep it longer."
Werth started a five-game hit streak on May 29th, and over the last few weeks, he's gone 17 for 50 (.340/.443/.640) with three doubles and four home runs in 14 games and 61 plate appearances.
He's also hit two walk-off hits in the last week. So what does Werth have to say to his doubters now?
MASN's Dan Kolko asked Werth last night in an on-field interview after his twelfth-inning walk-off single beat the Chicago Cubs.
"Those people can kiss my a - - !" Werth said.
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