SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth was scratched from the lineup for the second straight day as he continues to deal with soreness in his right ankle after jamming it on the bullpen mound at AT&T Park Monday night.
“I can probably play today,” Werth said, “But I wouldn’t be able to run too well. One more day.”
Werth jammed the ankle in the eighth inning Monday night when he attempted to make a play in foul territory but stumbled over the bullpen mound. He admitted that it was sore as he played the next six innings of the Nationals 13-inning loss to the Giants but that it was worse when he reported Tuesday.
“I was surprised, I really was,” Werth said. “Thats why I feel like it’s not too serious. Plus, it’s early in the morning here. Maybe by mid-game it’ll loosen up a little. I want to play.”
Werth did not consider it to be a disabled list situation at this point — comparing it more to a jammed knuckle than a sprain.
Laynce Nix again got the start in right field in Werth’s place as Roger Bernadina played left and Rick Ankiel got the start in center.