Dusty Baker provided the latest update on Jayson Werth’s bruised toe/foot earlier this week during the series with the Marlins.
“He’s still receiving therapy,” Baker told reporters in Miami, where Washington played a three-game set with the Fish, dropping two of three.
“We’ll see him when we get home,” Baker said, “so I’m hoping he’s getting better, so we just have to wait till we get home.”
While the Nationals were in Florida, Werth was back in the nation’s capital working to get back as soon as possible.
“He’s swimming and doing all core work and stuff like that to try to stay in the best shape he can until he comes back,” Baker explained. “We’ll get a better look at him when we get home.”
Asked if he was ready to start a rehab assignment, Baker said Werth wasn’t quite there yet.
“He has to get that toe right first before he can go rehab, because anybody that’s ever hurt their toe, it takes a while to heal, and then you’ve got to have a period of time when you’ve got to get back, back into baseball shape.”
Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo provided another update on the 38-year-old outfielder in an appearance on 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies on Wednesday morning.
“It was a painful injury,” Rizzo explained, “and it’s more about getting him 100% ready to play for us and not favoring the toe.
“We’re kind of waiting for him, we have the luxury of waiting for him to get 100% on the toe.”
Werth has now missed 18 games with Ryan Raburn, Adam Lind, and Brian Goodwin helping out in left field while the veteran left fielder is on the Disabled List.
“We don’t see this being a long-term deal,” Rizzo added. “We do see this — it was more than a foul ball off the toe, because he’s done it before and had problems before.
“He had it in Spring Training early on, and it’s kind of when you hit that same spot over and over each time it takes a little bit longer to heal.”
“We want him to be 100% ready to go when he comes back,” Rizzo continued.
“We don’t want him favoring anything, limping around, not being able to put weight on his lower half when he hits and that type of thing.”
Through 46 games and 196 plate appearances this season, Werth has a .262/.367/.446 line, five doubles, and eight home runs.
Will we get an update on a possible return date now that the Nationals are back in Washington, D.C.?