The Washington Times - July 5, 2012, 06:54PM

Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has been out in the outfield at Nationals Park during batting practice shagging fly balls lately, good progress for Werth as he comes back from a broken left wrist. The doctors have told Werth that he remains on schedule in his rehab.

Swinging, however, is still causing him some issues and he’s not expected to do any of it until after the All-Star break.


“He said it still bothers him to extend, like a hitting motion,” Johnson said Thursday. “So he’s not going to do anything with a bat. I would think he’s not going to be doing too much swinging or anything like that until after the break.”

Werth, who broke the wrist sliding for a ball in right field on May 6. The timetable for him has been late July or early August and he still appears to be on track for early August.

Werth’s return, coupled with that of closer Drew Storen (who began a rehab appearance at Single-A Potomac on Thursday) and bench man Chad Tracy (who will make his second rehab appearance Thursday night in Potomac), may well preclude the Nationals from making any significant deadline deals to upgrade their team. They know what the have coming back from the disabled list and don’t necessarily view anything they could trade for in those areas an upgrade over those players.

When Werth does return, it’s likely that he’ll play right while Michael Morse plays left and Bryce Harper primarily plays center field.