SAN FRANCISCO — The Washington Nationals’ 11th win in their last 13 games arrived with some bitter news Monday night. Jayson Werth, who was a late scratch with right ankle soreness, will get an MRI Tuesday morning to ensure that it’s nothing serious.
Werth, who was replaced in the Nationals’ lineup by Roger Bernadina, left the clubhouse in a boot but called the MRI “totally precautionary,” and said he thought he could probably play on Tuesday night.
“I don’t think it’s serious,” Werth said. “I’ll know more (after the MRI)… I definitely couldn’t play tonight. (But) I’ve had the exact same thing a few different times. It’s usually a couple days and then I’m fine.”
Werth likened the injury to something that he’s dealt with in spring training and seemed unconcerned that it might be something worse than originally feared, but he was taking the precaution of wearing the protective boot and of getting the MRI.
“No big deal,” Werth said after the Nationals’ 14-2 victory over the Giants. “(Heck), they don’t need me anyway. Look at ‘em.”
– In an unrelated note, Michael Morse left the Nationals’ game in the fifth inning after he jammed his right thumb during batting practice and was dealing with a little swelling in the area. Morse is expected to be fine and he said he didn’t see any reason he wouldn’t be in the lineup on Tuesday.
“I tried to keep him from taking (batting practice),” said Nationals manager Davey Johnson. “His thumb on his right hand was getting jammed, getting a little swelling. He said ‘I can still play,’ and I said ‘Well there’s no need for that.’ I took him out right away.”