The Washington Times - February 29, 2012, 03:19PM

VIERA, Fla. — The Nationals were missing four from their workout Wednesday with Jayson Werth (back spasms), Adam LaRoche (ankle, shoulder), Chad Tracy (knee) and Yunesky Maya (pharyngitis) all excused from the day’s events. None of the issues are considered serious.

Werth, who missed Tuesday’s workout, was better Wednesday and Nationals’ manager Davey Johnson tried to hold the outfielder out as a precaution but Werth was feeling well enough that he hit in the indoor batting cage and, eventually, made his way onto the field to shag fly balls and do a little running. Werth is not expected to play in either of the Nationals’ first two spring games (Friday vs. Georgetown or Saturday at Houston). He was slated to play in the Nationals’ home opener on Sunday but Johnson said he’ll have to make a decision on that as the date gets closer. 

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LaRoche tweaked his ankle Tuesday running the bases and with his shoulder still on the road to recovery Johnson felt it would be prudent to give him a day off while Tracy received a cortisone shot in his knee. Maya, who has been under the weather with flu-like symptoms, isn’t expected to be thrown off his schedule. He was originally tentatively set to follow Gio Gonzalez to the mound on Tuesday.

“I just banged them all (from the workout),” Johnson said. “I told the trainer to give them treatment. I wanted them to come out for infield and then they were done. I do that just to nip things in the bud.”

“I would rather just step back and then take two stpes forward,” he added. “That was strictly from me, not anything from the trainer. They all had the green light, even Maya who was sick.”