On Monday, Jayson Werth passed the 10-week mark in his recovery from surgery to repair a broken left wrist. On Wednesday, according to manager Davey Johnson, he could be cleared to resume all baseball activities and make his timetable for a return more clear.
How quickly that timetable will go, however, will depend on how Werth’s wrist responds to each task it’s challenged to along the way. Regaining the strength in that wrist will be paramount to him not only returning to the active roster but also making an impact upon his return.
What the Nationals will likely know this week, though, is just how far along the healing is in that wrist.
“He’s been doing baseball stuff,” Johnson said. “But I think the chances of him re-injuring that bone that was broken — unless some catastrophe happens — is not going to happen. He’s probably going to be stronger than his other wrist with the procedure that he had.”
Johnson, who speculated Werth is likely two or three weeks away from his return, expected to know more about the outfielder’s wrist on Wednesday, but added “I think all along he was shooting for the first week in August, so we’ll see if that plan is still in effect.”
It’s a slow process, but if Werth can come back at full health and be the same guy who was hitting .276 with a .372 on-base percentage and a .439 slugging percentage, he’ll be one of the best post-trade-deadline additions the Nationals could make.
– Nationals utility man Chad Tracy, who backed off his rehab after some soreness in the area of his torn right adductor muscle, is expected to resume his rehab on Thursday when he re-joins Single-A Potomac to ramp things up again.
Tracy, the Nationals’ primary left-handed bat off the bench, tore the muscle at the end of May and underwent surgery on May 31. He began a rehab assignment shortly before the All-Star break, only a month out from surgery, and expected to feel some lingering soreness. Now that he’s more than six weeks out from the procedure, he’s expecting things to move along well.
– Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang threw four innings for Double-A Harrisburg on Friday night, allowing three runs (two earned) off seven hits and struck out three. Wang, who is rehabbing a right hip strain, is expected to pitch for Single-A Potomac on Wednesday night as he continues his rehab.
Wang said he’s feeling much better after a brief layoff and felt in his start on Friday night that he was on top of the ball in his delivery more, dragging his arm behind him less. In his four starts with the Nationals this season, Wang has struggled with his delivery which has left his command shaky and his sinker much more hittable.
The Nationals can keep Wang on rehab assignment until August 11.
– Nationals closer Drew Storen was scheduled to pitch an inning for Single-A Potomac on Tuesday night. More details on Storen and his rehab after that outing.