The Washington Times - August 7, 2012, 04:41PM

HOUSTON — Sometime during the eighth inning Monday night, Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth informed manager Davey Johnson that he’d felt his legs tightening up. Werth was replaced by Roger Bernadina, who eventually scored the winning run in the Nationals’ calamitous 5-4 victory over the Astros.

After the game, Johnson said he was considering giving Werth, who only just came off the disabled list on Aug. 2, a day off on Tuesday but Werth, approached by reporters, said he’d be fine but did not expand on the issue. Johnson expected Werth’s legs to be the last thing to return for him as he gets back into the rhythm of playing everyday after a three-month layoff with a broken wrist and he said before Monday’s game he’d trust Werth to tell him when he needed more rest.


Facing right-hander Jordan Lyles tonight, Werth is out of the Nationals’ lineup. We’ll find out when the clubhouse opens whether this is anything more than just simple soreness.

Kurt Suzuki is also out of the Nationals’ lineup with Jesus Flores getting the start. It’s unclear if this is how the Nationals will go now but since they’ve acquired Suzuki, the two have alternated starting.

Here are the full lineups:


Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Bryce Harper RF
Ryan Zimmerman 3B
Adam LaRoche 1B
Michael Morse LF
Roger Bernadina CF
Danny Espinosa SS
Jesus Flores C
Ross Detwiler P